Ranil settles Port bonus Dispute

Published : 9:00 am  April 12, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (1081) reads | 

Untitled-2By Piyumi Fonseka
Following Prime Minister’s directive to Minister of Ports Arjuna Ranatunga to reimburse the festival bonus to the port workers at the Colombo Harbour, the work-to-rule campaign of the workers was called off, the Trade Unions’ Collective said yesterday.

The protest was launched by the Trade Unions’ Collective comprising seventeen trade unions of the Colombo Harbour including Jathika Sewaka Sangamaya (JSS) and Nidahas Sewaka Sangamaya (NSS) against the deduction of Rs. 4, 500 from the Rs. 30, 000 festival bonus of the workers.
Following the protest, a meeting was held at the Temple Trees between the trade union leaders and the Prime Minister along with the Ports & Shipping Minister and Labour Minister John Seneviratne.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror after the discussion, the Co-Convener of the Trade Unions’ Collective Udeni Kaluthanthri said they hoped that Minister Ranatunga would take action to reimburse the amount to the festival bonus before the New Year festival.
“The Prime Minister assured that the amount would be reimbursed soon, so we decided to call off the trade union action. Therefore, all the activities at the Colombo Harbour will be brought back to normal,” he said.