The tense situation reported at the Banadaranaike International Airport (BIA) has escalated with employees reportedly blocking all entrances to the premises, leaving hundreds of travelers stranded, reporters said.
The tense situation arose after discussions between the Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited and the Airport Sri Lanka Freedom Party Union (ASFPU) failed this morning.
It is learnt that while the aviation sector is operational, ground staff in the area have blocked roads leading to and from the airport.
Reports suggest that all three entrances to the International Airport were obstructed by union members using backhoes and several other vehicles.
The Police, Special Task Force (STF) and anti riots squads have been summoned for additional security.
Convener of the Union M.W.P Muhandiram said that demands by employees to increase the basic salary from Rs. 10,000 had fallen on deaf ears.
Initiating the strike yesterday, the union vowed to disrupt the aviation industry if their demands were not met.
Airport officials are yet to release an official statement regarding the situation. (Thilanka Kanakarathna and T.K.G. Kapila)
Video by Reka Tharangani
Comments - 12
Suren Tuesday, 03 April 2018 01:55 PM
Government must take same approach taken by Mr Lee Kuan yew in dealing with Singapore Airlines crisis
lankan Tuesday, 03 April 2018 03:27 PM
The problem is that we don't have anyone like Lee Kuan Yew in government!
A. K. Adwani Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:09 PM
Right now Sri Lanka has already earned the reputation of being a Floating Island in the rough seas with no safety or stability at all.
Hemantha Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:11 PM
What is happening to this country?
sss Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:39 PM
spending 50% of housemaid earned dollars on importing fuel so that politicians and professionals can drive their duty free cars
william Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:56 PM
There is no leadership in this country. Where would this type of action be tolerated. Freedom and democracy is one thing but no at the expense of the public. Jail them all !!!
Aliya Tuesday, 03 April 2018 02:57 PM
We need to completely reform our countries judiciary and government recruitment process. As Min. Sarath Amunugama recently stated our governments management policies has failed.
fayaz Tuesday, 03 April 2018 03:14 PM
If mahinda and gota were ruling the country they would have brought in the army and shot these thugs.
yahiya Tuesday, 03 April 2018 03:33 PM
Better to form a UNP government. Some members are double stand.
Rasheed Tuesday, 03 April 2018 04:08 PM
It will be worse, we need a person like Gotta.
leshman Tuesday, 03 April 2018 05:04 PM
When these strikers applied for employment did they stipulate their right to block the roads.Why should the majority suffer when tourist income falls due to the action of these bastards.Time to ban trade unions and shoot the corrupt elements.
Janaka Tuesday, 03 April 2018 05:07 PM
What can the travelers do and why they should suffer???, all these people should be punished, who will compensate the travelers?????
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