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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 - 19:07
Petroleum workers return to work; Army withdraws from terminal complex
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Distribution of petroleum returned to normal this afternoon as strikers decided to operate essential services.

Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Senevirathna said that the troops deployed in oil distribution since this morning were withdrawn accordingly.

He also said security of all oil terminals throughout the island has been assured.

Meanwhile, Convener of the Petroleum Trade Union Collective D.J. Rajakaruna said his organization will have a discussion with the President this evening over their demands.

He said they have decided to operate essential services pending the discussion with the President.   

The Petroleum Trade Unions launched the strike midnight last Monday on three issues including the taking over the Trincomalee Oil Tanks to Petroleum Corporation, taking over the Hambantota Oil Terminal and taking prompt action to overhaul Sapugaskanda Refinery.

Meanwhile, the government declared distribution petroleum an essential service last night and, troops entered the Kolonnawa oil terminal complex early this morning accordingly.

Later, army and police took measures to remove the strikers from the site and provided security to other workers to perform their duty.

At the same time, riot police were called to disperse another group of strikers who blocked an oil tanker train.

Police media spokesman stated that the 16 Petroleum workers who behaved in an unruly manner at the Kolonnawa Oil Terminal were arrested and later released on police bail after recording statements.

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