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The employees of the Pulmodai mineral sands factory have embarked on a strike against a decision to privatise the factory. The employees feared, the factory which belongs to the Ceylon Mineral Sands Corporation, was to be handed over to a foreign investor, sources said.

The workers had resorted to this trade union action as they feared the officials of the factory were in the process of entering into an agreement with a foreign investor.

The strike had received the support of all the other unions of the corporation.
The Secretary to the Ministry of State Resources and Enterprises Dr. Willy Gamage and working Director D. W. Gunasekara, visited the factory and assured the workers that there was no plan yet to privatise the corporation.

However despite the assurance,  the workers are continuing with their trade union action, and the production of Ilmanite, Rootile, Sarkone have come to a complete standstill. ( Amadoru Amarajeewa reporting from Pulmudai)
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  • reader Monday, 25 June 2012 09:53 AM

    After privatization no ice gahili that is one of the main reasons

    Nandana Monday, 25 June 2012 09:54 AM

    Good decision if they hand over it to prestigious company.. to make profit.

    Ranjith Monday, 25 June 2012 11:24 AM

    You meant 'Mao Tse-tung & Company Ltd"

    Hussain Monday, 25 June 2012 01:31 PM

    What are they frightened of? That they will then really have to earn a living by working, it that it.? Private sector is always a winner when compared to the State owned industries.

    Ralph Anthony Kernr Tuesday, 26 June 2012 08:37 AM

    The fear the workers harbour, is that they will have to earn their living, under the new management and not in anyway for the love of the factory.


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