Published On: Wed, Jul 26th, 2017

Protesting CPC workers block road in Kolonnawa

The Dematagoda – Kolonnawa road is blocked for traffic in front of the Kolonnawa petroleum storage complex due to a protest being staged by CPC employees.

Several trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) launched a strike action from midnight on Monday (July 24).

The strike is based on three demands including the acquisition of Trincomalee Petroleum tanks complex to the CPC, acquisition of Hambantota Port Tanks Complex to CPC and modernization of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery.

However, considering the inconvenience faced by the people, the government declared storage, transport and distribution of petroleum as an essential service through a gazette under the Essential Public Services Act last night.

Tri-forces personnel and police entered the storage terminals in Muthurajawela and Kolonnawa this morning and resumed the distribution process with the assistance of employees not taking part in the strike.

CPC workers engaged in the strike resorted to protesting outside the Kolonnawa storage complex after they were removed from the premises.

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Trade Unions Collective spokesman Bandula Saman Kumara said that their strike will continue no matter what obstacles are put before them.

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