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SLFP rendered significant service to working class - President

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party honoured trade union leaders at a ceremony held at the BMICH under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. Picture shows the President garlanding the portraits of former SLFP Trade Union leaders on the occasion. Picture by Sudath Silva

Respective Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Governments had rendered a significant service for trade unions and the working class in the country, President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday.

He made this observation during a special ceremony to felicitate late SLFP labour and Trade Union leaders who dedicated their lives and services to win the rights of the the country’s working class. The felicitation ceremony was held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). The event was organised in parallel to the International Workers’ Day.

SLFP Leaders like late Prime Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike who rendered a great service to the working class of the country and took steps to make May Day a public holiday in Sri Lanka, then Labour Minister T.B. Ilangaratne and pioneers SLFP Trade Unionists Ananda Dahanayake, Herbert Wickramasinghe, D. C.Weerasekara, Baratha Lakshman Premachandra, Alavi Maulana were among those trade union activists felicitated at the ceremony. The family members of the late SLFP trade unionists were presented with mementoes.

President Maithripala Sirisena further said that great politicians of this calibre engaged in clean politics and stood against corruption, while refraining from using public property for their personal gains.

The President added that the country today feels the need for such politicians more than ever before.

President Sirisena also said that the government would do every thing to provide maximum service to the working class of the country.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Mahinda Amaraweera, Susil Premajayantha, Duminda Dissanayake, Mahinda Samarasinghe, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Chandima Weerakkody, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, SLFP senior members and Trade Union activists were also present at the occasion.