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Salary hike for SLTB employees

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva presenting the new salary sheets to SLTB workers at an event held in Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva presenting the new salary sheets to SLTB workers at an event held in Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.

The long awaited salary hike of the public sector transport workers became a reality with the salaries of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) workers being increased by the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation yesterday. The minimum basic salary of SLTB workers have been increased from Rs. 14,250 to Rs. 25,550, an increase of Rs. 11,300.

SLTB workers including drivers, conductors, mechanics, labourers and security officers will receive the salary increase after almost six years, where SLTB workers received a salary increase. The SLTB was able to grant a salary hike due to the new financial administration procedures followed recently. The SLTB’s policy of maximum service from a minimum number of workers contributed to the increase of salaries of employees.

Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva said the SLTB should be freed from party politics and needs to be developed as a national asset.

“We should stop bringing public properties such as the SLTB to politics. That is how we are planning to develop these institutions.

Trade Unions of the SLTB have a role to play in this regard” the Minister said.

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