The indefinite strike launched by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Trade Unions’ collective has been called off following a written assurance given by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that no agreement will be signed regarding the China Bay Oil Tank Farm in Trincomalee during his Indian tour, the Trade Unions Collective said this evening.
The assurance was made during a discussion between Trade Union representatives and the Prime Minister, together with Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama, Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody and several other government representatives at Temple Trees.
A countrywide protest held by the CPC unions collective yesterday leading to a fuel shortage across the country demanding to halt the government moves to sign the agreement on leasing the China Bay Oil Tank Farm to Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC).
Speaking to the Daily Mirror Union Spokesman Bandula Saman Kumara said the unions have stopped their trade union action following a written assurance given by the Premier that no agreement would be signed regarding the China Bay Oil Tank Farm during his Indian tour.
Earlier, the striking petroleum workers insisted on a written assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that the Trincomalee oil farm would not be leased to the Lanka India Oil Company if they were to call off the strike.
Earlier in the evening, TU representatives held talks with Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody. Later the President had responded to the union request, saying that he could not meet the union members at that time but would give a date to discuss the matter later and requested to call off the strike until then.
As the striking petroleum workers insisted that the trade union action would not be suspended, a meeting was arranged with the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister's office sources said that the Premier had agreed to discuss the Trincomalee oil tank issue with Indian authorities only after talking to relevant trade unions. It has also been agreed that trade unions will get the opportunity of discussing the issue with the cabinet sub committee on the Hambantota Port development.
In addition Petroleum Resources Minister Chandima Weerakkody will submit a report on the development of the Trincomalee oil tank to the cabinet committee on financial committee.
The people were inconvenienced during the strike and long vehicle queues were seen at several filling stations.
Saman Kumara said during the strike period 650 to 700 of the 1,300 filling stations ran out of fuel. (Yohan Perera and Thilanka Kanakaratne)
Video by RM
Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:39 AM
Another victory of the unions, which is not for the benefit of the country.
willows Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:10 PM
looks like the this government is run by GMOA, trade unions, Anthare and so on?what a pathetic situation?
shanthapriya Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:43 AM
why strikes all over the country. This is a JVP backed govt for the betterment of the country
Atha Katha Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:00 AM
The Govt. is steady and strong, no evil powers like Mahinda gangsters cannot shake our Legends.
J Palitha Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:58 AM
We SriLankan's salute Petroleum Union and Hon. Prime Minister, also we are prepared to conquer any attacks which MR
Gonna Gamampilla Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:55 AM
Honda Kaney Para to Dinesh, Gamampilla
Honda Hitha Ranil Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:53 AM
Now the truth is revealed, yes - only Mahinda followers plus JO gangsters were behind this strike scene.
German Jacob Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:52 AM
To solve the problems must sit and talk, good move, good results and also a good hard slap to JO rotters including MR.
One Shot Ranjan Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:50 AM
When or President or Prime Minister says something it is done, unlike the former president Mahinda.
anonymous Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:04 AM
now go on strike to send the Chinese back as well...
sujata Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:23 AM
why no strike by port workers for giving Hambantota port to Chinese
gamini Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:23 AM
at this rate this country will be run on the dictate of Trade Union and not the govt.This issue does not pertain to the unions.Should get rid of these striking workers and deploy the army to distribute fuel
Dam Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:22 AM
Now let the trade unions and political crooks who backed them can eat those un-used tanks that was there for ages
JAN Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:14 AM
Where those Petroleum Trade Union people when MR Regime time we never heard of them via DM Android App
Pulsara Liyanage Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:06 AM
Do you believe this guy?Just look at his track record.
harshana Tuesday, 25 April 2017 09:02 AM
thanks for acknowledge us ,what are the benefit of privatizing essential services . CPC strike IOC got profit.
M.O.A.Careem Tuesday, 25 April 2017 08:03 AM
good joke for good people
empulze Tuesday, 25 April 2017 06:04 AM
Hats off to both parties the premier and the trade unions. via DM Android App
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