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Monday, 24 April 2017 - 19:24
Petroleum worker strike further continues – Trade unions and subject minister discuss the issue for hours
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The strike launched by Petroleum trade union federation last midnight against the decision to lease the Oil Terminal site in Trincomalee to India is still continuing.

Discussions with regard to this issue started between Petroleum Resources Minister Chandima Weerakkody and trade union representatives this morning at the Petroleum Resources Ministry.

However the discussions have been suspended temporarily without reaching a solution.

The strikers attended the discussion after participating in a protest held in front of the Oil Storage Terminal at Kolonnawa.

The strikers demanded that the solution to the issue should be given to them in writing and it should be endorsed by the president.

Meanwhile, customers joined long queues at filling stations due to unfounded fears of fuel shortage.

Meanwhile Petroleum corporation chairman Shehan Senevirathna said that there are sufficient buffer stocks in place although distribution network has been disrupted due to the strike.

Although Petroleum Corporation workers have launched a strike, Lanka IOC is engaged in fuel distribution business as usual.

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