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* Mineral sand workers go on strike over New Year bonus
Wed, Apr 7, 2021, 07:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 07, Colombo: The operations of the Ceylon Mineral Sands Corporation plant in Pulmoddai were completely disrupted today (07) as workers launched a strike over an issue with the New Year bonus due to them.

The striking workers were seen staying in the factory premises, closing the main gate, making it impossible for lorries loaded with mineral sand to leave the area, Lankadeepa reported.

Workers in some parts of the plant, the fuel station and the administration office joined the strike and the factory and its premises were deserted.

Employees say they receive more than 100,000 rupees in New Year's bonuses each year, but this time the amount has been reduced.

"Is this how the company treats employed who have worked to maintain the company without a loss amid the coronavirus pandemic," the workers questioned Responding to a query, General Manager of the Ceylon Minerals Corporation Udaya de Silva said that nothing could be said until a solution was found after discussions with the Ministry.


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