Mar 21, 2019

Mahen Perera scales wall and escapes: Swarnavahini back to normal Featured

The protest launched by the employees of Swarnavahini over the expulsion of 15 workers who had been instrumental in setting up a union to fight for the rights of the employees, had been called off last night (20).

That was after the union representatives had met with the company Chairman Alex Lovel.

The Swarnavahini management had agreed to reinstate the expelled workers and also remove the CEO Mahen Perera.

Mahen Perera who had been stuck within the Swarnavahini Bambalapitiya complex had escaped by scaling a wall yesterday.

The Management had agreed to give the workers a final decision by Friday and the employees had warned that if a positive response is not received, they would continue the protest.

The workers launched the protest on March 19 with the expulsion of 15 workers who had initiated a union to fight for the rights of the employees and the action taken by the CEO to interdict this group for having done so. 

Around 270 out of a total of 300 of the employees at Swarnavahini had joined the union. The President of the union and those who had expressed their views at the meeting were targeted and interdicted.

From last night’s news broadcast, all news bulletins and live programmes had been stopped due to the protest.

Several social media posts had indicated the path Mahen Perera had taken in dis escape route. The relevant social media posts are shown below.

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