SLPA trade union leaders launch fast unto death

SLPA trade union leaders launch fast unto death

April 10, 2016   05:15 pm

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Four workers representing the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Joint Trade Unions Forum have launched a fast unto death opposite the entrance to the Colombo Harbour, based on several demands including New Year bonuses.   

The collective of trade unions had previously engaged in work-to-rule action however due to authorities failing to provide solutions to their issues, four including trade union leaders sat down for the protest fast, Jathika Sevaka Sangamya (JSS) President of Ports Authority Udeni Kaluthanthri told Ada Derana. 

He accused Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga and his brother SLPA Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga of using “underworld thugs” to threaten workers while a trade union action is legally in effect. 

Kaluthanthri stated that they condemn the attempts to suppress workers through unlawful methods.  

Act of sabotage 

Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) says that disciplinary action will be taken against any and all employees who act in a manner that obstructs day-to-day activities of the port. 

Managing Director of SLPA, Sarathkumara Premachandra, said that what is being carried out in the harbour premises demanding bonuses is not trade union action and that it is an act of sabotage. 

He was addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry of Ports and Shipping in Colombo today (10).

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