Dehiwela-Mount MC workers oppose finger-print attendance log in

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath
Labourers of the Dehiwala -Mount Lavinia Municipal Council staged a protest in front of the MC office against a reduction of overtime rates, arbitrary transfers and introducing finger-print machines for labourers. The protest lasted about two hours.


A tense situation prevailed when the protestors carrying placards attempted to enter the MC office through the main entrance by force. However, the security staff prevented it and reported the situation to the mayor and the municipal commissioner.

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Mayor Dhanasiri Amaratunga, Municipal Commissioner Dhammikka Mutugala and other senior officials met the protestors and attempted to resolve the issue amid obstructions on the part of the protestors.
Mayor Amaratunga explained to the the protestors that the finger print time recorders had been withdrawn and that overtime payments will be made on attendance marked at muster.  However he said a decision regarding the use of finger print time recorders will be taken by the standing committee on finance and the general council. He blamed the employees for resorting to trade union action on issues that could be resolved through negotiations.
The municipal commissioner pointed out that the workers should not resort to mud slinging campaigns under the pretext of protests and bring disrepute to the municipal council. He said an employee had been interdicted for the shortage of articles amounting to Rs 6 million from the stores and another was interdicted for receiving gratifications from rate payers. He  pointed out that allegations that he resorted to arbitrary interdiction and transfer of employees was baseless.