In Sri Lanka there's been a general strike in defiance of a government order banning strikes in essential services.
GV Street scene, Colombo, Sri Lanka
LV PAN DOWN EXTERIOR Maradana railway station
TV Locomotive being watered
LV People on platform
LV & CU Queue of people seeking work at railway recruiting office with police standing by (4 shots)
LV Factory being built in Katunayaka free trade zone
LV PAN & CU Another factory (2 shots)
SV & CU Women arriving for work at Regency garments factory (2 shots)
SV & LV PAN People at work in factory (2 shots)
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Background: In Sri Lanka there's been a general strike in defiance of a government order banning strikes in essential services. But according to a government spokesman, the workers' response to the strike call has been poor and essential services have been running normally. The strike was called by unions controlled by leftist parties including that of the former Prime Minister, Mrs Bandaranaike, demanding an immediate wage increase.
SYNOPSIS: Colombo's mayor said that our of a twelve-thousand strong work force on the city council only about seven hundred, including firemen, had stayed away from work. He said all of them had lost their jobs. When the strike started on July 18th, Sri Lanka's government immediately imposed censorship of the press. It gave the Defence Secretary power to restrict the operation of trade union bank accounts.
On Friday (25 July) job-seekers were queueing up outside various government departments in Colombo to replace workers dismissed during the strike. Earlier this year Mrs Bandaranaike, the former prime minister, formally denied charges by a presidential commission that her government abused its power during its seven years in office. She refused to take part in an investigation of the charges but made a long statement to a three-man criminal justice commission examining the charges against her and members of her government which ruled from nineteen-seventy to nineteen-seventy-seven.
Among charges brought against Mrs Bandaranaike was the allegation that she avoided Sri Lanka's Land Reforms laws, made a false declaration to the Inland Revenue Department and wrongly preserved her government's emergency powers, introduced before an insurgency in 1971 and continuing until 1977. Sixty-four year old Mrs Bandanaraike described the commission's proceedings against her as political revenge and victimisation.