As bank employees are planning to join a daylong strike scheduled for tomorrow (01), heads of two state-run banks have urged them against doing so.
The national economy and the stability of the banking system should be given foremost consideration at this time of economic crisis, they said at a media briefing today.
More than 100 trade unions are to stage a work stoppage tomorrow, which they have declared as a day of national protest against the government tax policy.
Stronger measures will be taken if the government disregards their call, said Lanka bank employees union chief Channa Dissanayake.
However, People’s Bank chairman Sujeewa Rajapakse requested the bank’s employees to report for work as usual and continue their services.
However, he conceded there was an issue with the PAYE tax and said the relevant ministries have been notified as per a decision by the PB’s directors.
Chairman of the Bank of Ceylon Ronald C. Perera said deciding taxes was a matter up to the government, which has nevertheless been informed about the issue at hand and solutions are awaited.
Countrywide one-day strike planned for tomorrow