Milco strike continues- Rs.300m goes down the drain

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The Milco Company said today that it had lost over Rs. 300 million in sales due to the strike launched by a trade union of the Milco Company on December 9.
Milco chairman Sunil Wickramasinghe said production in the Digana and Narahenpita factories had come to a complete standstill while the Polonnaruwa and Ambewela factories were functioning as usual.
“We have lost Rs. 300 in sales due to this strike. Digana and Narahenpita factories where mainly yoghurt and ice-cream are manufactured have been completely stalled. 250, 000 yoghurt cups and 200,000 liters of ice-cream are usually manufactured in these factories a day but now the production is completely stalled. But we have managed to produce milk powder in the Ambewela and Polonnaruwa factories,” Mr. Wickramasinghe said.
Mr. Wickramasinghe said the Milco management had informed the workers on the instruction of the Labour department that they must call off the strike and report for duty failing which they would be considered as having vacated their post or legal action taken against them.
“The Labour Department has instructed the strikers to report for duty by calling off the strike  and the management has also been instructed to stop any transfers of promotions during this period,” he said.
Mr. Wickramasinghe also said that the Minstry of Livestock Development was going to take strict action against the strikers who damaged the machines worth more than Rs. 300 million rupees.(Ajith Siriwardane)

  Comments - 24

  • Gamarala Saturday, 28 December 2013 05:24 PM

    Just sack the buggers. With these guys you cannot run a company.

    Be Fair Saturday, 28 December 2013 06:04 PM

    WOW, if my math is right the yearly turnover is more than Rs. 5.5Billion, now that's an impressive turnover figure. Are you making any profits out of this Mr. Chairman, if no, is that why the TU are striking.
    for me some milk is spoilt in this deal..........

    Andrew Pitugala Monday, 30 December 2013 03:44 AM

    Disaster ? Call 117 !!!

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 29 December 2013 12:56 AM

    This Milco management doesn't know how to handle labour problems & they must quit giving to a management who can handle the situation. Instead of managing Milco, why cant they produce a film? Because I have seen a top man in a Teledrama.

    UN-Predict Monday, 30 December 2013 03:57 AM

    Only Rs.300m lost?..... you can recover it within days once the prices of milk powder goes up.

    Goofy Sunday, 29 December 2013 03:49 AM

    Did not know if such a strike was on. No impact on the market and the consumers . Close it down including the mony gobbling ministry.

    Governr E Sunday, 29 December 2013 04:14 AM

    Give the Cows some Rest.. ;-)

    xlntgson Sunday, 29 December 2013 05:29 AM

    The loss is not unrecoverable to the nation if we drink fresh milk.

    NOHOPE Monday, 30 December 2013 04:48 AM

    In MILCO. From the Minister, Directors to the bottom are highly corrupted. If we need to deal with them in any amount we have to bribe them.

    Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 29 December 2013 07:08 AM

    International conspiracy? Mind you, I am not kidding.

    shero Sunday, 29 December 2013 07:28 AM

    As. Per my knowledge both the chairman and deputy chairman. Are un educated

    i.Balasuriya Sunday, 29 December 2013 07:42 AM

    During the past few months Highland became the No 1 in dairy products due to high demand.I think the reason is this.Those who talking about the security of local industries must take have some actions against the culprits,

    Andrew Pitugala Sunday, 29 December 2013 08:43 AM

    Blaming mulyinationals was a red herring.
    The problem is bad Management as with all
    Govt. institution.
    Present politics is driving our tax monies down the drain.

    Banana Rep Sunday, 29 December 2013 08:45 AM

    Everyone is asking Milk KO?

    I hope the cows will not die due to filled up udders.

    Roshan Monday, 30 December 2013 06:41 AM

    One powerful Politician to take over Milco.

    BUSHEL Sunday, 29 December 2013 12:09 PM

    Yes it is possible to be an International conspiracy because multinational companies are already involved demanding price increase..

    siva Sunday, 29 December 2013 01:14 PM

    me too agree with you

    Gayan Sunday, 29 December 2013 03:14 PM

    Some big person or another milk company is behind the strike for sure.

    Rajitha Sunday, 29 December 2013 06:46 PM

    You mean from England?

    Hula Monday, 30 December 2013 01:30 AM

    Milko And NLDB both organization having same disaster.Main reason is their Chairman ,and deputy chairman's and their henchmen corrupted works and utter loss management decisions.Now National livestock development board and MILKO is running on Bank OD.NLDB Vice chairman is Hulugalla .

    Premalal Monday, 30 December 2013 02:12 AM

    You are right. This is the usual tactic to publish some dubious information (or misinformation) to make their point. It is like feeding grass to the cows but unfortunately too many Sri-Lankans are ever ready to eat them.

    Crazy Coot Monday, 30 December 2013 02:33 AM

    The bulls will be happy for a change!!

    Simple Simon Monday, 30 December 2013 02:37 AM

    Unfortunately, these 'buggers' are essential to run the company!! If they are sacked, employment can be given to other 'buggers' and reduce the 'Unemployment' problem, ha, ha!!!

    vestigator Monday, 30 December 2013 08:28 AM

    hang these tarde union traitors.

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