Hambantota port workers call off fast unto death

Hambantota port workers have decided to call off their ‘fast unto death’ campaign today after receiving a favorable response from Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to their demands.

The protest fast was launched on January 9 demanding that the 438 employees of the Magampura Port be recruited by the Ports Authority or that they be compensated sufficiently.

Eleven employees, including a female employee, had launched the protest, which continued until today (19).

The protest fast was organized by the Hambantota Magampura Ports Employees’ Union. Last Thursday (11), three employees, who were staging the fast-unto-death, were hospitalized.

Hambantota Magampura Ports Employees’ Union President I.K. Romesh said the strike and the fast-unto-death were called off on the assurance of receiving Rs.1 million as compensation to 138 employees out of the 438 employees engaged in the trade action.

The employees have also held a discussion yesterday with Minister of Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe with the participation of Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thero on behalf of the workers to resolve the issue.

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