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GMOA to stop work from 8 am today

By Ajith Siriwardana  
The GMOA yesterday announced it would launch a 24-hour countrywide work stoppage from 8.00 a.m. today over several issues including the suppression of university students’ rights and the attempt to abduct university students. 

 DM_20170725_A001-66 Its secretary Haritha Aluthge said the GMOA had informed the government about the suppression of students’ rights, the attempt to abduct university students, introducing the white-van culture and the delay in arresting those involved in the abduction attempt.  
He said they decided to stop work because of a lack of any positive response from the authorities even though they had informed the President, the Prime Minister and the Health Ministry regarding today’s strike action.  

Dr. Aluthge said the government had ignored their demands to appoint a suitable person to head the SLMC, the gazetting of minimum standards on medical education and releasing an official document on stopping SAITM from admitting new students and awarding degrees.  

He said the SAITM issue could be solved only by nationalising it.  Dr. Aluthge said the work stoppage would not affect the maternity hospitals, cancer hospitals, children’s hospitals, emergency treatment units and dengue treatment units and added that the GMOA would decide today whether to continue its trade union action. 



CPC launch indefinite strike from last night

By Chaturanga Pradeep   
The Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation (CPC) Trade Union launched an indefinite strike from midnight yesterday citing what it called the government’s inability to repeal the agreement which would allegedly handover the China Bay oil tanks farm in Trincomalee to India and the Hambantota port to China.  


CPC TU Collective Convener D. J. RajakDM_20170725_A001-67aruna said a cabinet paper was planned to be presented today (25) to Parliament regarding the handing over of the china-bay oil tanks to India and Hambantota port oil tanks to china.  During the strike, there would be no fuel distribution in the country.   The strike would be launched at the CPC premises midnight today by preventing the supply of fuel to fuel stations.   If there was no positive response within today, the CPC would suspend the fuel bunkering, he said.   He said the CPC Trade Union Collective had conducted several discussions with the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and relevant government ministers but it had been left more than three months since April 24 and still the government had failed to convey favourable response.  

“Therefore, we have to go for an indefinite strike. We had given more time to the government because the government was in a critical situation due to recent disasters. But the government didn’t even consider our demands,” Mr. Rajakaruna said.  

Even the Prime Minister had made a statement saying the handover of the Hambantota oil tank farm and its land areas to Chinese organisation will take place by next month.  

“As CPC Trade Union we urged the government to change their decision to hand over the Hambantota and Trincomalee oil tank farms to china and provide us an acceptable response”, he said.     


Long vehicle queue at Bambalapitiya last night. Pic by Kushan Pathiraja