Trade unions have alleged that the Employers Federation of Ceylon was not playing fair and were engaged in undermining collective agreements using underhand tactics.

The Ceylon Mercantile Industrial and General Workers Union (CMU) pointed out that while the number of companies with the Federation was decreasing its membership was on the rise.

General Secretary of the CMU, Sylvester Jayakody said that there were many issues with regard to decent work, living wage, statutory holidays and the cost of living, gratuity pay. He added that the Federation refused to recognize bargaining agents of trade unions sans a certain membership figure when it came to signing collective agreements but were signing such deals with trade unions which were in connivance with the Federation.
At present, the CMU is also taking part in the protests of the manpower workers of the Sri Lanka Telecom as a solidarity measure.