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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 6:57
Army enters Kolonnava petroleum warehouse complex, Fuel distribution made an essential service, Petroleum Employees still on strike
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The army headed up an evacuation of the Kolonnava fuel warehouse complex early this morning , where employees had stayed overnight.

Military Media spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said that employees who had joined the strike were evacuated from the warehouse and the security of those not supporting the strike had been ensured.

Following the evacuation, the employees participating in the strike assembled in front of the fuel warehouse complex.

Petroleum Trade Union collective media spokesman Bandula  Saman Kumara said that whatever the obstacles may be, they would continue striking.

Petroleum employees launched the strike at midnight the day before yesterday over three demands.

The first of those being handing over the Trincomalee China Bay fuel tank complex to the Petroleum Corporation, secondly, handing over the Hambantota fuel tank complex to the corporation and lastly , speedy renovation of the Sapugaskanda Oil refinery.

As a consequence of the strike, severe congestion was experienced in and around petrol stations throughout the island over the past two days.

tension amongst customers at fuel stations was observed.

Certain fuel stations were closed as fuel stocks ranout.

Fuel stocks were not released from the Kolonnava  terminal as well as Sapugaskanda and  Muturajawela fuel warehouses.

A gazette notification was issued last night making the distribution of petroleum an essential service.

The gazette notification issued by presidential secretary Austin Fernando on the instructions of the President, says that  all fuel supply and distribution  including   petroleum products and liquid gas  has been made an essential service.

Similarly the gazette notice says that all services that should be done or that are essential for removing oil or fuel from ships in ports, transporting them, unloading them, storing them, handing them over should be carried out.

Further more , the government has stated that if employees do not report to work following the change, where  petroleum is made to be an essential service there absence will be taken as having abandoned their position.

the government also informs that since the distribution at the Kolonnava and Muturajawela fuel warehouses have returned to normal, bowsers used for the distribution of fuel should make their way to those sites.

Meanwhile military media spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said that since security at the Kolonnava and Muturajawela warehouse yards had been confirmed distribution activities could commence this morning.

 




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