Jul 02, 2020

Colombo Port workers calls off the TU action (Update)

Co-Convenor of the All-Ceylon Port General Workers’ Union Prasanna Kalutarage when contacted by NewsRadio said the strike was called off after the Prime Minister granted an opportunity to hold talks over their grievances.


The employees withdrew from services in protest over the gantry crane issue this afternoon.

Earlier employees at the Jaya and Samagi container terminals at the Colombo Port launched a work-to-rule campaign.


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(Previous update : July 02, 2020 12.49 pm)

'Jaya' & 'Samagi' terminal workers launch work-to-rule campaign

Employees at the 'Jaya' and 'Samagi' container terminals of the Colombo Port have launched a work-to-rule campaign today (02).

The work-to-rule move is to back the three Colombo Port workers, who are protesting from a 57M gantry crane.

The three men are staging the protest demanding the new gantry cranes to be installed at the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Harbour.

The government has reportedly imported three gantry cranes and placed it at the Jaya Container Terminal of Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

The protesters have called on the relevant authorities to install the three cranes at the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Harbour and to expedite the installation.

Speaking to media, All-Ceylon Port General Workers’ Union Prasanna Kalutarage had said that all employees at the two terminals have joined the trade union action.

Kalutarage stressed that although offloading and other activity at the port will not be suspended entirely owing to the union action, delays are however inevitable.

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