H’tota port workers given 2 p.m. deadline Report to work today or face dismissal

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By 2016-12-15

BY Kavindya Chris Thomas

Minister of Ports and Shipping yesterday (14) set a deadline for the unconfirmed employees of the Magampura Habour in Hambantota to report to work today or risk being dismissed. Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, speaking at a press conference, yesterday said, the deadline to report to work was set after having discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The deadline for the employees to report to work is 2 p.m. today. Those who do not report to work, according to the Minister, will be considered as having deserted post.

He said the two ships, which had been taken hostage by the employees of the Port last Saturday's (10), have now left the Hambantota port. However, several vessels are due today, and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the Ministry expect the protesting workers to return to work. The minister warned that if the workers do not report to work before the deadline, the SLPA and the Ministry will deploy workers from Colombo to the Hambantota Port. According to the Minister, it is the unconfirmed employees of the Magampura Management Company, who are protesting, demanding the right to jobs at the SLPA, which had been provided by the previous government. "There are workers here who have received monthly wages but have not worked here at the Ports. They have worked for their political allegiances. In the SLPA alone, there are around 580 individuals who did not report to work for over 24 hours during the last Presidential election, because they had to work for their parties.

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