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* Port workers call off strike, operations at port to return to normal tomorrow
Sun, Aug 2, 2020, 05:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 02, Colombo: The trade unions of the Colombo Port say they have decided to call off the strike they launched on 31st July after discussions with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The discussion between the representatives of 14 Ports Trade Unions and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was held this morning at Carlton House in Tangalle.

Port workers of 23 trade unions of the Colombo Port launched the strike and Satyagraha demanding the government to give a written assurance that the Eastern Terminal of the Colombo Port will not be sold to India and that its operations will remain under the purview of Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

The trade unions withdrew from all duties with effect from Friday (31), bringing operations at the port to a standstill.

The Deputy Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority WS Weeraman told Lankadeepa this afternoon (02) that the Ports Authority has incurred a loss of around Rs. 500 million due to the strike launched by the port workers on the 31st.

He said that the average daily revenue of the port is around Rs. 120 million and all that revenue has been lost in the last three days. However, the Ports Authority has decided to remove the inconveniences the people have to face including payment of late fees and bear the loss.

He further stated that the operations of the Colombo Port commenced this afternoon and accordingly its operations will return to normal tomorrow.


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