15 bowsers carrying fuel leave Kolonnawa terminal
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15 bowsers carrying fuel leave Kolonnawa terminal

July 26, 2017   01:55 pm

Fifteen bowsers loaded with fuel left the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal in Kolonnawa, a short while ago. 

The measures came about after the tri-forces and police personnel entered the Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela fuel storage terminals this morning (26) to ensure security and distribute fuel.

Military spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said that security forces personnel entered the Kolonnawa terminal and removed the employees engaged in the strike from the location and ensured the safety of those who are not supporting the union action. 

A Gazette notification was issued last night declaring the storage and distribution of fuel as an essential service. 

All staff involved in petroleum distribution must report to work with immediate effect as it is now an essential service. 

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) employees who fail to report to work with immediate effect will be considered as having vacated their posts, the Government Information Department said.

The move comes in the wake of the strike action launched by trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) from midnight on Monday (July 24).

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