Hambantota Port employees end strike

Hambantota Port employees end strike

December 15, 2016   01:22 pm

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Employees of the Magampura Port in Hambantota have decided to call off the trade union action launched by them 9 days ago and return to work today (15).

The employees of Magampura Port Management Company (MPMC) have decided to end the strike and Satyagraha following discussion held with the company’s management. 

Some 480 temporary dock workers at the port in Hambantota have been on strike since December 6 demanding that they be absorbed into the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) ahead of any sale to a Chinese company.

Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said yesterday that he had given strikers a Thursday deadline to report back to work or lose their jobs. 

Sri Lanka’s navy intervened at the port on Saturday to disperse strikers who had blocked a Japanese vehicle carrier from leaving the port.

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