The government had decided to consider the employees of the Hambantota Port, who were staging a protest as having vacated the post, if they failed to report to work before 2.00 p.m. today.
Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said the government could not lose any income to the country because of political needs.
“We have had to send several ships away from the Hambantota Port and one ship was sent to the Colombo Port due to the protest. Several more ships will arrive tomorrow,” he said.
He said if the employees reporting to duty were less, some more people from Hambantota would have to be recruited and added that until then some employees from Colombo would be called on to Hambantota.
The Minister said damage had been caused to the computer system of the port and floor area due to the sabotage by the protesters.
“We will assess the loss caused to the Port due to sabotage by the protesters and take legal action against them. The loss of income to the Port due to the protest will also be revealed by next week,” Mr. Ranatunge said. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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Comments - 23
Flanker Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:17 AM
Disgraceful comments by many... makes no sense at all and doubt the ones giving the comments really know what they are muttering...
shanthapriya Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:46 AM
why cant govt. apply same theory when private bus owners go on strike?
Don Juan Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:39 AM
The Clock is Ticking !
Transparent Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:50 AM
Yes I noticed that same person writes many comments using the word Sir Sir Sir......
KOLA KOTIYA Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:54 AM
THESE IDOTS ARE RECRUTED BY NAMALAYA. NO EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS N THEY WORK FOR APPACHIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN. SEND THEM HOME
Sharon Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:05 PM
If MR pays everyone, then he can buy MPs and form a government.
Sharon Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:06 PM
If MR paid for this, who paid for Rathupaswala???
cheers Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:21 PM
You thought this can be handled like the 1996 cricket team because port workers especially in Hambantota will not carry your bags and call you Aiyya
Bala Thursday, 15 December 2016 02:14 PM
Handle them sternly with finger raised like you did to Umpire Emerson.
sobers Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:31 PM
sack them, if not the ports will loose credibility.
Soma Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:35 PM
I thought it was a white elephant and no ships were coming.
Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:45 PM
Very good.... keep it up Sir. You are the real captain for our nation by all means.
Bubble Banda Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:46 PM
Sir, sack those Mahinda's paid golayas and recruit the new staff. Then the chapter will be closed.
Manuel Benjamin Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:48 PM
These fellows are Namal's dish washers. Mr. Ranatunge, you take your own decision, that is 100% correct at this time.
German Jacob Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:50 PM
Well said Sir. Don't bend down to these rotten eggs (paid rowdies) by MR. Go a head with your plan and call for new employees.
Kadupol Jothywansa Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:52 PM
Come on Sir, only you and Mr. Sajith are brave soldiers of this Govt. We will support you both forever.
J Palitha Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:52 PM
Fine Sir, that is the punishment... you are correct.
Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:54 PM
Shan Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:57 PM
Take stern action. Allowing these kind of protest will spread all other sections too. Government should get hard line in this regard.
Hadam Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:01 PM
Good move..! Take it or leave it..!
Info Wednesday, 14 December 2016 08:06 PM
White elephant means it makes loss..
Bubble Banda Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:43 AM
Yes those days he was Captain cool, now he is Captain Hot... Yes, hot treatment only needed at this hour.
Kaboos Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:46 AM
Arujana your captaincy tested now. If you want to warn thousand action have to be stern.
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