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Sri Lanka declares fuel distribution essential service to prevent strike

Jul 26, 2017 07:38 AM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government has declared fuel distribution an essential service after labour unions launched a strike and warned that workers who don’t turn up for work would lose their jobs.

A statement said the fuel distribution was declared an essential service by government gazette at midnight Tuesday.

It said bowsers distributing fuel have been asked to report to fuel depots to resume the distribution service.

The government move came after the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation trade unions launched a strike on Monday in protest against a government deal to lease the Hambantota port to a Chinese firm, including an oil tank farm.

The strike caused traffic jams as motorists lined up at fuel stations to fill up their tanks.
(COLOMBO, May 26, 2017)


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