Over a thousand trade unions in Sri Lanka effectively shut down the country on Thursday (28) in a one-day token strike, demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government over the country’s worsening economic crisis.
Unions representing ports, railway, petroleum, health, banking and education sectors are taking part in the strike across the country, in solidarity with protestors with no party affiliation gathered outside the presidential secretariat in Colombo and at other protest sites around the island.
A Joint Committee for Government Executive Officers representing 18 sectors marched from Viharamaha Devi Park in Colombo to Galle Face Thursday morning, demanding the government’s immediate resignation and urging it to listen to professionals both local and abroad.
Most state and private banks are barely functioning today, reports indicate, with many employees participating in the strike or attending protests.
Protests have erupted islandwide against the government and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over what has become Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence. A daily protest organised and attended by people with no political party affiliation is being held in front of the presidential secretariat in Colombo for the 20th day running.