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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 13:35
Petroleum strikers granted the opportunity for discussions with the Government
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The Petroleum Trade Union Collective stated that they have been called by the government to discuss the matters relating to the strike.

Joint convener of the Collective D.J. Rajakaruna said that the discussion is scheduled to be held with the participation of the President.

The Petroleum Trade Unions launched the strike on midnight last Monday to voice their objections against the take over of the Trincomalee Oil Tanks to Petroleum Corporation, the take over of Hambantota Oil Terminal and the prompt action to overhaul Sapugaskanda Refinery.

Meanwhile army troops entered the Kolonnawa Oil Terminal complex early this morning where they ordered the evacuation of the strikers.

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.

 

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