Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured that the government would not pass any legislation in relation to the Customs without discussing it before hand with customs officials.
He gave this assurance in Parliament on Friday following trade union action launched by the Customs officials which commenced last week, resulting in operations getting crippled and the country losing billions of rupees in revenue.
The Customs trade unions has resorted to the trade union action after Finance Minister had repeatedly said that he was ‘busy’ to meet them to discuss the new Customs Act, which resulted in the agitated workers launching trade union action.
However, the All Ceylon Customs Services Union on Friday called off their trade union action after Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had finally given them an appointment to discuss the upcoming Customs legislation. The meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday.
Earlier, the trade unions said that they were not happy with Karunanayake’s decision to bring in a new Customs Act, and instead called on the Government to amend the existing act.