Friday, November 13, 2009

Union action in Sri Lanka enters third day

The work-to-rule campaign launched by the workers of four state institutes, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Ceylon Electricity Board, Water Board and Sri Lanka Ports Authority entered the third consecutive day today.

The four unions said that most of the daily activities of these institutes have been completely disrupted due to the union action launched by them from Wednesday morning.

D.J Karunaratna, the convener of the Joint Forum for CPC unions said that today will be a crucial day as their oil socks at Muthurajawela and Kolonnawa have already finished.

He expects long queues at the filling stations all around the country today.

Meanwhile according to the sources of the Ports Authority it has incurred a massive loss during the first two days due to the work-to- rule campaign launched by its workers. They fear further losses as the shipping companies may chose other ports in the region.

A discussion between Minister and Water Board has ended yesterday evening without any success and the workers of the Water Board has decided to continue it further, said Udani Kaluthanthri, the convener of the joint union for Water Board.

Ranjan Jayalal, the convener of the joint forum for CEB said that their work-to-rule campaign is also 100% successful as its workers are not engaging in over time duties.

However, all the heads of the four state institutes said the daily activities are smoothly underway amid the union action.

The military also pledged to maintain essential services if the union action disrupt the normalcy in the country.

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