Friday, August 10, 2012
FUTA on The Island report
Apropos our page 3 story captioned ‘FUTA in new partnership with JVP to win demands’ in Thursday’s issue of The Island, Prof. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri has sent us the following clarification: "At the press conference held after a meeting between the FUTA and JVP, I did not say that I met Anura Kumara Dissanayaka, MP, at the Parliament and I have actually never done so though there is nothing wrong even if I had met him in parliament. What I referred to was that Anura Kumara Dissanayaka took up the cause of the FUTA several times in the parliament as a matter of national interest. When I said that "we intend to transform the ongoing struggle into a people’s struggle" the "we" referred to here is FUTA and it does not refer to any joint programme to be launched by the FUTA with the JVP. While the FUTA is open to meet and discuss its demands with any political party or civil society organization that is open to such discussions, the FUTA will remain a politically independent trade union which pursues its own agenda in the collective interest of the FUTA membership."
News Editor: Our story was based on a statement issued by the JVP.