Kahatagaha miners launch protest from underground – issue likely to deepen

Kahatagaha miners launch protest from underground – issue likely to deepen

Kahatagaha miners launch protest from underground – issue likely to deepen

Written by Tharushan Fernando

30 Mar, 2016 | 1:24 pm

A group of miners who are attached to the Kahatagaha Mine in Dodangaslanda have commenced a fast, demanding a new year bonus. Around 70 miners are engaged in the fast at more than 1100 feet below ground level inside the mine.

Representing the Kahatagaha Miners Collective, Susantha Fernando stated that the accountant has agreed to provide money, thus it was requested that they show their consent in writing.

“This is being operated in the old way”,  charged Fernando who explained that this is a lucrative venture and this is the industry that brings in foreign reserves to the country

He stated that a rigorous yet peaceful hunger strike 1132 feet underground was staged on Tuesday as the workers were “conned through a fax that pledged 15,000 for 100 workers,” and it is continuing on Wednesday.

“We are unable to contact the chairman in this regard. However, his phone has been turned off”, said Susantha Fernando, who noted that if a favourable solution is not provided, the protest will be staged 2000 feet underground

Chairman of Kahatagaha Graphite Lanka Limited, Abdul Majeed said that the subject ministry has been notified about the demands put forth by the fasting miners. He added that if the ministry grants permission for bonuses to be provided, the process will take place, in line with the respective circular.

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