Government says fuel distribution restored despite union action


July 26, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government informs that bowsers can now collect fuel from stores as the government has restored fuel distribution.

Security forces have been deployed to help authorities restore fuel distribution in the country.

The President on Tuesday declared storage, transport and distribution of petroleum as an essential service through a gazette under the Essential Public Services Act.

The government said private bowser operators not complying with essential services regulation will loose their license, adding if somebody is not reporting for duty, they will be considered as having vacated their posts.

The government emphasizes that if there are any issues the government will not hesitate to give them the opportunity to discuss to find solutions to them.

Petroleum unions launched a strike action on Tuesday based on several demands even though the government has asked the workers to report for duties.

The unions demand the oil tank facilities of China Harbour as well as the Hambantota Port to be taken back to state-owned CPC.

Unions also wanted the expansion and modernisation of Sapugaskanda oil refinery project.

The unions charged the government for deploying forces on Tuesday night at the Muthurajawela tank facility and Kolonnawa oil installation depriving their rights.

The government pointed out that people are facing an inconvenience due to the disruption of supply and distribution of fuel including petroleum products and gas in the country.

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