CPC trade unions suspend strike following talks

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) trade unions have called of their strike following talks held with President Maithripala Sirisena late this evening.

The CPC trade unions said that they had suspended their strike till August 1st.

Fuel storage and distribution was today declared an essential service and the army was deployed to take over distribution from the Kollonawa oil refinery.

The move followed a continuous strike launched by petroleum unions since Monday severely affecting fuel distribution in the country.

President Maithripala Sirisena issued a gazette notice declaring fuel storage and distribution an essential service from today.

A tense situation arose in Kollonawa today as trade unions attempted to prevent the military and police from carrying out the distribution of fuel with the assistance of some petroleum employees.

The Army said that 15 bowsers had been dispatched from Kollonawa with the assistance of troops to distribute fuel to fuel stations.

Several people who attempted to prevent fuel distribution from taking place were arrested by the Police but were later released on bail. (Colombo Gazette)