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Sri Lanka: Colombo port workers return to work after 23 hours

Workers at Colombo port returned to work yesterday afternoon after enforcing strikes for 23 hours. The Sri Lankan police enforced a state of emergency as a violent clash erupted across the country which forced the island nation’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, to resign on Monday 9 May.

The port workers had also joined the protests and at one stage on Tuesday evening they stopped working in all terminals of the regional transshipment port leaving everything standstill. The port’s navigation service also remained suspended during the strike even keeping idle the vessels that were scheduled to leave as they loaded outbound boxes.

During the 23-hour period, vessels that have completed operations were idling inside the port area without being able to sail out.


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