The employees have been warned to return to work, failing which their employment will be terminated this week.
Meanwhile a group of representatives of the protesting employees are to meet the Minister in charge to discuss their concerns.
The Navy yesterday said it had taken over routine operations at the Hambantota port following the protest by port employees.
The protest by the port employees which was launched on 7th December continued today affecting operations at the port.
The Sri Lanka Navy says it managed to restore security at the port on Saturday and repaired damage caused to the generators and power supply system.
“The swift involvement of the Sri Lanka Navy helped reduce the potential losses that would have been suffered by the Sri Lankan Government due to non-operations of the harbour as a result of the sabotage carried out by the port employees,” the Navy media unit said yesterday.
The Navy said it rendered assistance to load 1,086 cars and jeeps onboard vehicles carrier ‘Glovis Phoenix’ yesterday. (Colombo Gazette)