Port strike called off following talks with PM | Daily News


Port strike called off following talks with PM

Colombo Port employees have decided to end their strike following a discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday morning.

A decision was taken at the meeting to unload the three Gantry Cranes imported from China at the Eastern terminal at the Colombo Port.

The Prime Minister also pledged to discuss the matter at the Cabinet of Ministers and come to a solution.

The discussion with the PM was held at the Carlton House in Tangalle.

Following the special discussion, Minister Gamini Lokuge stated that all the trade unions that had resumed trade union action agreed with the Prime Minister’s suggestions and called off the strike. The three Port employees who were engaged in the strike on top of the cranes too agreed to discuss the matter.

The Trade Union office bearers said they believed the issue could be solved if they had had a discussion with the Prime Minister. They said it was proved correct yesterday.

They also said that their aim is to bring the Eastern Terminal to operational stage. They also said that unloading the three Gantry Cranes is an initial step in their endeavour.

The decision to carry out the strike was unanimously backed by all trade unions demanding to unload the three cranes and commence operations at the Eastern Terminal, the only terminal that can cater to huge Post Panamax vessels.


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