CPC TU strike unacceptable, says Minister

23 April 2017 06:36 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The indefinite strike announced by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Unions’ Collective on couldn’t be justified and the demands were groundless, Petroleum Resources Development Minister Chandima Weerakkody said today.

He said the Government had not taken any decision in favour of the China Bay Oil Tank Farm in Trincomalee.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror Minister Weerakkody said that the unions were not aware about the facts and therefore were making false allegations about the Oil Tank Farm and the Hambantota Port.

“I have submitted a Cabinet Paper requesting permission to develop tanks in Hambantota in partnership with the CPC and the Sri Lanka Port Authority.

“The Trincomalee tanks were given to India for 35 years at a cost of 100,000 USD per annum and the payment had been made for 15 years,” he said.

He said that of the 99 tanks ten would be taken back, while the rest remain on a shared basis with the Lanka IOC and the CPC.

Therefore, Minister Weerakkody said what the unions were accusing the Government was ill-founded.

He said that however, that the demands of the TUs would be negotiated tomorrow.

Minister Weerakkody assured that so far no agreement had been closed regarding the oil tanks in Hambantota or Trincomalee and therefore the trade Unions should not create unnecessary fears among the general public. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)


  Comments - 9

  • Chandimal Monday, 24 April 2017 08:41 AM

    This Country is over,get ready to become a victim of a Indian dump slide...one step forward two back,what a sin for our little country. Hmmmm...

    Sujeewa Monday, 24 April 2017 06:26 PM

    Gayan, to be exact, it works out Rs174,418 for a tank for a year or Rs14,535 for a month. Rental for a three wheeler for a month is minimum Rs30,000. You are absolutely correct. Compared to this agreement, Arjuna Mahendran is a saint.

    Rolland Monday, 24 April 2017 06:43 PM

    Sir: I am pained to see that the Sri Lankan extremists are following a policy of: Hate India and Love India's Enemies.This misguided approach will only hurt Sri Lanka.Rolland

    Dickie bird Monday, 24 April 2017 08:00 PM

    Take it from history India has always been a pain in the bud for Sri Lanka. They always interfered.Chandima Weerakkody it is unacceptable to give the Tank Farm to the Indians. Whatever you may say, it has come to a point the masses don't believe.You can no be brash in your actions and lying to the public all the time. Public has had enough and the Trade Unions will come out with a firm NO

    AjithZ Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:53 PM

    Why couldn't you start the negotiations before the trade unions announced the strike? Always the negotiations start after a strike is announced. The next step is the trade unions meeting the president. Might as well give all negotiations to the president. May get solutions faster.

    Ravi Sunday, 23 April 2017 08:04 PM

    If you're transparent in your deals the public wouldn't be put through so much hardship

    lilac Sunday, 23 April 2017 08:06 PM

    Whatever you are thinking is also not acceptable Minister

    Gayan Sunday, 23 April 2017 09:45 PM

    Only 100k for 86 tanks for 1 year'? Day light robbery. Bond scam seems harmless compared to this robbery.

    kondaya77 Sunday, 23 April 2017 10:16 PM

    Enough is enough! fire the lot!!!

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