|Audit examiners threaten to
cripple auditing of Parliament and government accounts
Sri Lanka Audit Examiners’ Service Union have warned about
crippling the auditing process of both Parliament and government
accounts in the near future if authorities fail to take
immediate steps to rectify their salary anomalies.
The union also staged a protest mid last week over the issue and
threatened to resort to more severe trade union action if
attempts are not made to rectify the issue.
The Union claims that the salaries and allowances of audit
examiners were amended in November 2006, causing more anomalies,
and the promise to rectify the error has still not been honoured
by the authorities.
“We were given a written assurance in the letter NSCC/3/1/3/1/5
by the National Salaries and Cadres Commission, bearing
signatures of the co-chairmen that these anomalies would be
rectified immediately. That was two months ago,” Union Secretary
B. Jagodage told The Nation. He added that yesterday’s
discussions with the Commission authorities had concluded on a
negative note. This was the reason they were forced to resort to
trade union action.
The Auditor General’s Department comes directly under Parliament
and all the government accounts are audited by them. The union
pointed out that if they were to hold a continuous
work-stoppage, it would affect the auditing of all government
Jagodage asserted, “This trade union action will affect promised
international loans and all monetary activities of the
He noted that even the COPE report was also prepared by the
“We have been fighting this cause since last year. Still we have
not received any solution to our problem. This is the last
course of action left for us,” Jagodage said.