The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has urged the Government to conduct an open discussion about the controversial Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) proposed to be signed with India.

JVP Politburo Member and President of the National Trade Union Centre (NTUC), K.D. Lal Kantha alleged that the signing of ETCA was an attempt to lift the remaining restrictions on the cross-border transfer of human resources through a bilateral treaty, allowing for the natural movement of persons.

“If the Government is saying that Sri Lanka is going to benefit from the ETCA, the Government should state how,” he remarked.

NTUC observed that the Government was attempting to attract foreign investments by showing that cheap Indian labour would be available in the Sri Lankan market.

Lal Kantha called on Minister of Development  Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrema to create an open discourse about ETCA in the country.

“Sri Lanka currently possesses no cheap labour in the country to show as proof of evidence to investors that they can make profit off their investments made in Sri Lanka,” he mentioned, adding that investors generally made a profit after paying off labour costs or from what they save from what they make in excess of the labour expenditure.