SLPA incurring Rs.700M loss due to strike-Unions

2020-08-01 at 15:47

Trade unions engaged in the strike action at the Colombo Port claim that the Sri Lanka Ports Authority incurs a daily loss of Rs.700 million owing to the strike that is underway.

Employees of all terminals at the Colombo Port withdrew from services yesterday demanding that the East Terminal of the Colombo Port be maintained under the ownership of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

A discussion between Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Former Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila and trade union members last evening ended inconclusively.

of the Trade Union Collective for the Protection of the East Terminal Prasanna Kalutarage when contacted by NewsRadio said they were not granted an opportunity to discuss their grievances today.

Kalutarage said the Collective is seeking a written assurance from the government, that the East Terminal will be vested under the purview of the Ports Authority.

He noted that operations of private terminals have also been disrupted as a result of the strike action.

He stated that the government must be held responsible in the event that essential goods are delayed in reaching the public.