Pilots guild, unions call for action against Sri Lankan Airlines management

Pilots guild, unions call for action against Sri Lankan Airlines management

Pilots guild, unions call for action against Sri Lankan Airlines management

Written by Staff Writer

17 Dec, 2017 | 9:42 pm

Trade Unions at Sri Lankan Airlines state that the proposed restructuring of the national carrier must take place under new management.

The Pilots Guild too pointed out that if restructuring is to take place under the current management, the desired objectives will not be met. And that therefore it is important to recall that the Central Bank was plunged into scandal after the Prime Minister brought a friend from Singapore to head the hallowed institution.

Now, the national carrier is facing destruction following the appointment of CEO Suren Ratwatte, the brother of the Prime Minister’s close associate Charitha Ratwatte.

A committee of public officials has already been appointed to overlook the restructuring of Sri Lankan airlines. Its preliminary report is to be submitted on Wednesday, December 20.

According to the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka, Anura Wijeywickrama, even if the current management stays on, the employees will have no faith in the management.

Therefore, he stated, that they do not think that they can be retained anymore because for the past three years, they have been unable to give them any profitable solutions and  have been informed of this in writing too.

“We believe that any restructuring undertaken with the current management will not have a bright future. We do not think the current management has any knowledge or experience,” said Anura Wijeywickrama (APGSL)

He also stated that, as employees, they hope and believe that if the restructuring is planned under a new management that knows about airlines, it will be far better.

Meanwhile, the SLFP affiliated union at Sri Lankan airlines has submitted a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena with eight proposals aimed at making the airline profitable.

Among the proposals submitted by the Sri Lankan Airlines Nidahas Sewaka Sangamaya are the minimising of unprofitable routes and ensuring optimum productivity, implementing a practical plan for the next five years, and appointing a committee with practical knowledge in civil aviation.

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