Power cri­sis looms as CEB en­gi­neers set to launch trade union ac­tion this Fri­day

„Blames govt. for not in­ter­ven­ing in ap­prov­ing LCLTGEP favoured by CEB „Wants ‘ex­pe­ri­enced and hon­est’ pro­fes­sion­als as en­ergy reg­u­la­tors

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LATE CITY - By Chan­deepa Wet­tas­inghe

Amidst the grow­ing fears of an im­pend­ing power cri­sis, the Cey­lon Elec­tric­ity Board En­gi­neers’ Union (CEBEU) has in­formed the gov­ern­ment that the coun­try could ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­mit­tent power fail­ures and pro­longed re­cov­ery of such out­ages, as it will be launch­ing a work-to-rule ac­tion this Fri­day, un­til its de­mands are met.

The CEBEU, in a let­ter ad­dressed to Power and Re­new­able En­ergy Min­is­ter Ran­jith Siyam­bal­api­tiya, said its mem­bers would work only dur­ing of­fice hours, not be on on-call duty, fol­low strict safety rules and not take “any risk based on en­gi­neer­ing judge­ment if such risk has the re­motest prob­a­bil­ity of pos­ing a safety vi­o­la­tion”, under the work-to-rule cam­paign.

The trade union, which also in­cludes the top man­age­ment of the CEB, fur­ther said that its mem­bers would not sit on ten­der boards, tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tees, joint work­ing groups, project groups and spe­cial as­sign­ments.

The CEBEU said that it would “not be li­able to any fail­ure or in­con­ve­nience caused to the pub­lic, as this ac­tion has been taken af­ter giv­ing enough and more time and also taken to avoid a fu­ture calamity in the power sec­tor of even greater pro­por­tion”.

The CEBEU added that it is tak­ing this ac­tion since the gov­ern­ment has not in­ter­vened to ap­prove the Least Cost Long-term Gen­er­a­tion Ex­pan­sion Plan (LCLTGEP) favoured by the CEB, de­spite months of lob­by­ing to which the gov­ern­ment had re­sponded in a pos­i­tive light ini­tially.

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