The All Ceylon Ports General Employees Union claims attempts are underway to change the organisational structure of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority with the Chairman’s intervention.
Speaking to NewsRadio, General Secretary of Union Niroshan Gorakanage said it will have a significant negative impact on port activities.
He said steps are being taken to prevent such efforts. Gorakanage said work at the East Container Terminal of the Colombo Port is yet to get underway after the Ports Authority took over operations on the 1st of February 2021 claiming this was due to commission payments.
He said there is a risk of the ECT being privatized due to the failure to follow a stringent structured programme due to personal agendas.
The General Secretary of Union said they intervened with the aim of ousting the current Chairman of the Ports Authority based on these facts.
Gorakanage said they will direct a letter to the subject Minister adding they hope to carry out future actions through a forum that includes the Minister and Chairman.
He claimed they thwarted attempts by the Chairman to sell the Port adding they will continue to block all such attempts.