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* Sri Lankan President intervenes to resolve strike at state owned dairy company
Mon, Dec 30, 2013, 08:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 30, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has intervened and resolved the strike at the state owned dairy company, Milco, which commenced on December 9th.

Workers at Milco have said that the strike was suspended for one month after the President had given an assurance that the employees' concerns will be resolved soon.

Padmasiri Silva, president of the trade union Sri Lanka Nidahas Sangamaya, said the strike was suspended for one month following a discussion between the President and Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, who represented the Milco employees.

He explained that the three demands of the employees have been directed to an arbitration board and is expected to be settled within a month.

According to Silva, the strike action will be suspended during the period of the arbitration.

Milco employees have launched the strike accusing bribery and corruption in the company's Board of Directors and have called on the government to take immediate action against the Board members and remove the Chairman of the company.

Milco incurred a Rs. 300 million loss from sales due to the strike action.

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