Local News Sri Lanka: On an intervention by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, trade union workers from Colombo Port have with an immediate effect called off their trade union action.
Since last Friday at least 23 trade unions initiated the strike and a Satyagraha demanding the termination of the sale of the Colombo Port Eastern Terminal to India, and its operations be taken over by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
After a successful discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the strike was called off, Port Trade Unions stated.
Colombo Port trade unions, which launched a strike action on July 2nd, later called off their strike action after a meeting with Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa.
At this meeting, which took place on Sunday 3 July, a decision was taken to unload the 03 gantry cranes brought down from China at the Port of Colombo ‘s Eastern Terminal.
Afterwards, they withdrew from all duties with effect from Friday (31), bringing down operations at the port.
The protesting port workers also blocked the ‘Hartal Bridge’ port access road.
The police then obtained a court order on Saturday (01) preventing Port workers from blocking the Bloemendhal Port Access road and adjacent roads.