More drama in Hambantota – Private workers for foreign vessel join strikers

More drama in Hambantota – Private workers for foreign vessel join strikers

More drama in Hambantota – Private workers for foreign vessel join strikers

Written by Lahiru Fernando

13 Dec, 2016 | 6:31 pm

The employees at the Hambantota Port have now been on strike for a week to date. As their Satyagraha Campaign entered its seventh day today, December 13 the dock-workers also observed Sil – in line with the Uduvap Full Moon Poya day.

The strike and Satyagraha Campaign was commenced by the dock-workers demanding that they be recruited to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority on permanent jobs.

On the morning of December 13, the Leader of the Janasetha Peramuna, Venerable Battaramulle Seelarathana Thero visited the location and joined  the Satyagraha Campaign following a discussion with the group.

Ven. Battaramulle Seelarathana Thero (Leader of the Janasetha Peramuna) said:

President Maithripala Sirisena is one who understands the sorrows of the people. Ranil Wickremesinghe does not understand this. He does not understand the woes of the poor.

Ven. Seelarathana Thero requested that the jobs of the youth be reinstated, instead of “taking away their employment”

Meanwhile…

A South Korean Vessel reached the Hambantota Port today after completing its operations at the Colombo Harbour. According to our correspondent, the vessel operates for re-exports.

Representatives of a private company and their workers entered the Hambantota Port from the main entrance in order to provide services to the said vessel.

However, reports say that these workers too had stepped away from their service and supported the Hambantota dock-workers.

The Secret

“… I am pleased about this strike action. Why? Because this action reveals an unknown secret.” said Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa.

“What is the secret?” the minister added, the previous government had made 500 appointments – not for the Ports Authority but for a Private Company.

“You received these jobs during the Mahinda Rajapaksa era. why did you not demonstrate before Mahinda Rajapaksa and Namal Rajapaksa at a time when they had state power?. Why did you not step out and chant slogans? If you demonstrated against those 500 appointments back then, you would end up in the cemetery …”

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