Colombo Port employee strike continues today
2020-08-01 at 06:45
The strike launched last evening by all employees of the Colombo Port continues today.
Speaking to NewsRadio Member of the Trade Union Collective for the Protection of the East Terminal Prasanna Kalutarage said discussions held with government officials last night ended inconclusively.
Unions were engaged in trade union action over a lengthy course of time demanding that the East Terminal of the Colombo Port be maintained under the ownership of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
However unions resorted to stepping up their efforts by launching an indefinite strike last evening.
Explaining union efforts in this regard Prasanna Kalutarage said all operations have been suspended at the Ports Authority, while the two private terminals are also not operational at present.
Kalutarage lamented that despite such severe trade union action, authorities are not paying attention to the issue at hand.
The Union Collective member said that although Ministers Wimal Weerawansa and Bandula Gunawardena assured unions that discussions would be granted with the President on the 6th of August, he stressed that unions demand that the President issue a written order that the East Terminal will remain under the management of the Ports Authority, before the General Election.
He stressed that until then operations at the Colombo Port would remain suspended which would greatly affect the country, remarking that rulers must bear responsibility for this turn of events.
Kalutarage explained that unions had been calling for their demands to be addressed for months and finally decided on a more severe course of action as a last resort.