The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) trade unions will launch an indefinite strike from midnight today, while the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) will commence a token strike at 8.00 am today.
According to the Petroleum Trade Union Collective, three months have lapsed since a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, but the government has not addressed any of their issues which were highlighted during a meeting with Wickremesinghe.
In April, the trade unions launched a strike but called it off after a meeting with Wickremesinghe, but since that meeting there has been no follow up meeting. “Clearly, our demands have been forgotten,” a member with the trade union collective said. The trade unions initially launched a strike against the government’s decision to handover the oil tanks in Trincomalee to India, among several other demands.
Meanwhile, the GMOA which will launch a token strike today morning said that the main purpose of the strike is to protest the recent attempt to ‘abduct’ Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee (MFSAC) Convener Ryan Jayalath by a group who came in a white van.
The GMOA wants details of the white van including who owns it, as well as what action will be taken against the people who tried to abduct Jayalath. The GMOA is also demanding the authorities to release all students who have been arrested during the weekend. The students were arrested when they were protesting over the SAITM issue.