Sri Lanka petroleum union call off strike over Indian deal

ECONOMYNEXT – A strike leader at state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation said they will return to work after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe promises that no agreement over a tank farm will be signed with India in an upcoming visit.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is visiting India this week.

Sri Lanka is expected to jointly develop part of a tank farm in Trincomalee where Indian Oil Corporation’s Sri Lanka unit already operates several tanks.

Union leaders who have connections to Sri Lanka Freedom Party of President Maithripala Siriseana and Petroleum Minister Chandima Weerakkody, and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna also demanded that the administration pay ‘more attention’ to the petroleum sector.

Lanka IOC kept up deliveries to their fuel statins from their facilities in Trincomalee as strikers threated to stop fuel released from common user facilities in Colombo. (Colombo/Apr24/2017)

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