Dec 14, 2018

Thilanga sacks Lakbima employees Featured

After closing daily ‘Lakbima’, Thilanga Sumathipala is going to expel 30 of its employees, 13 of them permanent and the 17 others casual.

Reports say those who are facing the sack include journalists who count a service of 30 years and 10 years.

Speaking to Sri Lanka Mirror, an employee said Sumathipala has told them that he had no money to pay them compensation.

He has promised six months’ salary instead, but for the permanent employees only, and only one month’s salary for contract workers.

Even six months’ salary will come to less than Rs. 200,000.

Cannot mark attendance on finger-print machine

The employees who are to be sacked cannot mark their attendance on the finger-print machines.

They include the permanent journalists Dharmasri Thilakawardena, Mangala Dharmaprema, Kamani Hettiarachchi, Prabath Vidanapathirana, Sisira Hemakumara, Frank de Soyza, Lakmal Wasantha, Priyantha Gamage, Thushara Atapattu and Malith Gamage.

So are the contract workers Rukmal Silva, Thilak Pushpakumara, Padmini Matarage, Madhavi Shanika, Ranjith Nimalsiri and Ranjith Kumara.

Mihiri, Aruna accused by employees

Meanwhile, journalists Mihiri Fonseka and Aruna Lakshan are coming under criticism, after removing the desks and chairs allotted for those journalists even though the human resources management division has refused to do so.

Another fraud by Thilanga

Last June, Sumathipala has interrupted the continued service of the Lakbima employees of Sumathi Newspapers, by giving them appointment letters under Lakbima Publications on a promise of job security.

Employees say this is intentional.

Some have been retained & Godaliyadde’s role

Following the closure of daily Lakbima, some have been retained.

They are editor Sampath Deshapriya, news editor Lasantha Weerakulasuriya, Ridma editor Geeth Gunasekara, Ridma assistant Kishan Kananke, Ajith Herath of computer division, Panuka Rajapakse of presidential media coverage and Jayasuriya Udukumbura responsible for SLPP media coverage.

Employees allege that Sujeewa Godaliyadde, CEO of Sumathi Newspapers, who also got paid by Sri Lanka Cricket during the period Sumathipala was the SLC chairman, has planned the removal of the employees.

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