Panic buying of fuel continues despite end of strike

Panic buying of fuel continued this morning despite the end of the strike by trade unions last night.

Long queues were seen at several fuel stations around the country today as fuel browsers had yet to provide adequate supplies following the end of the strike.

Some small fuel stations were closed this morning as they had run out of stocks.

The strike launched by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) Trade Union Collective was suspended last night following an assurance received by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Workers of Sri Lanka’s state-run petroleum firm launched the indefinite strike against the Government’s proposed deal with India to jointly operate an oil storage facility in Trincomalee.

Sri Lanka and India are expected to sign an agreement to jointly invest and develop the Trincomalee Port and establish a petroleum refinery and other industries there. (Colombo Gazette)