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* Sri Lanka Customs ends trade union action, returns to normal services
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 10:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs officers Tuesday ended their trade union action following discussions with the Minister of Finance and the President.

Custom trade unions said that all trade union actions have been halted and normal customs services have been restored.

The trade unions thanked the President, Minister of Finance and the government for listening to their request and reinstating the former Customs Director General Ms. P. S. M. Charles.

A decisive discussion to resolve the crisis was held today between the Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and the sacked Director General.

The Customs Trade Unions Alliance on January 30 launched a work-to-rule campaign opposing the appointment of a retired navy officer as the Director General after authorities removed Ms. Charles blaming her for a drop in customs revenue last year. The seven-day long trade union action has left 6,000 containers stranded at the main Colombo port and put pressure on food prices, Reuters reported.

It has been reported that Sri Lanka was losing more than a billion rupees a day due to the trade union action.


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