Nuwara Eliya Mayor denies allegations
The Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council monthly meeting presided by Mayor
Mahinda Kumara took a different turn in its proceedings when one of the
members, S. Chandren spoke on the recent CWC's collective agreement
signed between the CWC and other two constituent trade unions and
Employers Federation relating to the estate workers' wages.
S. Chandren who represents the CWC in the council spoke on the CWC's
victory and getting a wage increase for the bulk of estate workers. He
advocated the CWC's achievement describing the rest of trade unions as
petty kades type of trade unions desperately losing their image and not
succeeding in their campaigns.
The other member who represents the upcountry's workers' front, V.R.
Rajahram protested along with four other members and said that speaker
S. Chandren's allegations were far from the truth. He said had it not
been for the agitations and protests by the rest of other 16 trade
unions against the signing of the so-called arbitrary collective
agreement nothing could have been achieved.
Rajahram alleged that the collective agreement was signed hurriedly
to safeguard the Employers Federation. After several members spoke
against the collective agreement, the issue was put for voting by the
Mayor. Of the co members, four abstained including the Mayor Mahinda
Kumara, Falil, Chandana Karunaratna and Munidasa, and the other members.
L. Nehruji, P. Chandrasekar, R.Kethees and the speaker Rajahram voted
against the motion while the mover of the motion only voted for his own
motion and the motion was defeated.
The meeting also dealt at length on the recently concluded Nuwara
Eliya April festivities where at the committee stage several allegations
were levelled against the Mayor by the Deputy Mayor Tissa Seneveratne.
These allegations were totally denied by Mayor, Mahinda Kumara who
added that this year April season was one of the most successful where
over one million holiday makers were present and enjoyed themselves. In
addition, one of the biggest revenues made by the Council which has been
proved by documentary evidence the Mayor said that his hands and the
councils' were clean and unquestionable.