Workers of Colombo Port protest against selling of ECT

By Wejepala Weerakoon

Workers of Colombo Port Authority staged a protest campaign this afternoon against the sale of East Container Terminal (ECT) in Colombo port. Joint front of all Trade Unions in the Colombo port joined this campaign.  Cabinet of Sri Lanka approved the proposal submitted by the Minister of Ports & Shipping to establish a joint venture with Adani Ports & Logistics Company of India. Sri Lankan government will hold 51% shares and Adani Ports & Logistics Company will hold 49% shares of this company. Rajapaksha regime took 2/3 rd majority in the last Presidential and General elections promising to stop the selling of state property to foreign companies. But after they came to power they have no alternative other than following the program of previous yahapalana regime.

When the Trade unions challenged with action threat against this joint company Minister threatend them saying that Unions of Government should stand with the Government, not with the opposition. However despite with this threat workers went on a picketing campaign today.  Trade Unions demand to allow Colombo Ports Authority to hande operations of the ECT without giving it to a foreign company.