Army takes over operations of petroleum refineries

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Control of fuel distribution from the Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela refineries was taken over by the Army at midnight in order to restore fuel supply in the country, Army Spokesman Roshan Seneviratne said.

"The distribution of fuel will be restored within hours and discussions are underway to gain technical support from the management and the workers who did not support the trade union action,” Brigadier Seneviratne told Daily Mirror.

The workers who wished to work were prevented by those who were on strike. “Distribution of fuel should take place in a peaceful manner despite ongoing union action,” he said.

The army will take over the distribution of fuel until issues are resolved between the government and petroleum trade unions, the Spokesman said.

Brigd. Seneviratne said they expected to release the first bowser by 10.00a.m. (Chaturanga Pradeep)


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  Comments - 35

  • Christopher Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:54 AM

    Very good step taken by the government. We wish Army to do a good job.

    Ravi Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:26 PM

    Definitely Army will do a good job.

    willowsd Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:55 AM

    Good work - way forward, do the same for GMOA terrorists as well, this will teach a good lesson to all the JO agents?

    GMOA Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:56 AM

    Why not Government Hospitals as well

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:57 AM

    Finally Government act as a government. There are lot of over staff in CPC. It can be functioned with half of it staff. Send the balance home,

    nasa Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:57 AM

    Very Good move !

    AjithZ Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:06 AM

    Hurray. Fuel distribution will now be better with the disciplined soldiers.

    sms Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:10 AM

    train the army personnel in essential services and build a contingency team, terminate the petroleum workers who absent to work.

    yahiya Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:14 AM

    Too late. Without negotiation went to strike. Best thing is sack the staff.

    mnsmart Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:15 AM

    Well done, our beloved forces always saved us

    ice4083 Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:23 AM

    This is not a good sign, a government that has to resort to the military to solve its civil problems is incompetent

    Morajee Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:24 AM

    Sack all petroleum workers if they do not come today. All people working @ petroleum are political appointments. Very few people have qualifications. There are educated people waiting to join CPC .Take strict action against the Trade Unions @ CPM

    Kalana Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:25 AM

    Very good move.JVP and Frontline trade union idiots will learn a good lesson.

    bhavan Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:44 AM

    Too much of democracy some time will not good to the development.Good move

    Freddy Yong Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:28 AM

    This was discussed and good to see it happen. Send the strikers home and get the Army to call the shots. At least it will show these clowns that there is a force over and above them.

    Ashthak Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:29 AM

    Good via DM Android App

    Mahinda RajaBaksha Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:38 AM

    Respect my boys. People who comes in when there is an ultimate need. Mang yudde iwara kale nattham gahanna wenne hulang!!

    Rosanna Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:39 AM

    Best news we have had in a long time. Finally the coin has dropped. Thank you Mr President. Do not allow these militants to rule this country and hold the innocent public to ransom.

    Doctor Essentail Service Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:48 AM

    Same treatment to the Doctors too go home - Cancel the License no Private Practice - Pay back to the Government all Expenses - Medical Service Essential Service

    ananda Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:49 AM

    Bravo. way to go to teach these trade unions instigated by bankrupt politicians. via DM Android App

    Lasa Wednesday, 26 July 2017 09:52 AM

    Stop the strikers salaries. Pay the Army for the extra work they are doing. JVP and their goons have enough cash in their bank accounts. Let them look after the strikers.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:05 AM

    Signs of using the army to solve civilian issues is a clear sign of a bankrupt state and a citizenry of fools. A clear example is countries such as Pakistan and Burma where gradually the increasing influence of the Army has made those countries come under the shots of the jack boot.

    bhavan Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:30 AM

    If country citizen become buffaloes not realizing the way to forward unfortunately have to be treated in this way

    Dee Wednesday, 26 July 2017 02:28 PM

    Where were you when the forces were sweeping parks and building shopping malls.

    joshua Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:09 AM

    We thank the security forces/police for going beyond the call of duty to bring relief to the masses. The general public appreciates their services.

    Lankan Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:14 AM

    Why do CPC works Strike?

    M.O.A.Careem Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:23 AM

    This is a govt: the duty is to serve the people: remedy is appreciated: claim 24 hr. to date incurred damage to the CPC - A to Z high pay strikers as it is an unauthorized move - minimum pay LKR150,000 p/m - workers appointed by former 2 regimes?

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:28 AM

    Reap and taste what you sow our beloved JVPers

    UDAYA Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:53 AM

    Very Good Move.

    Vedemathaya Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:10 AM

    Every dick and tom wants to direct the Government by launching strike to mislead the public and halt the development of the nation.The President has taken the correct step,let the unpatriotic left behind.

    ceylon Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:36 AM

    civilian government cant run the country using civilians.military use for war out this two failed leaders and select ranjaneranajithharinfonseka. via DM Android App

    sena Wednesday, 26 July 2017 11:38 AM

    What about the parliment ... Can that too be taken over by our forces....

    Dee Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:26 PM

    Privatise the CTC. And make all govt essential services a public /private partnership, pay double but performance based. Have only the public admin security and legal system as govt entities. Then lets see how the free eds demand for 'rajaye rekiya'

    varunadhar Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:39 PM

    Will the GMOA strike again?

    renu Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:20 PM

    GMOA very soon with the development in Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Scientists think that the job of the doctors will be done through AI. Test will be done results will have the course of treatment for the patients. Nowadays surgery is done by computers

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