Posted on 02.05.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Consumers and Wholesalers Association of essential food items say that the hartal will be started tomorrow as planned by closing stores at Pettah. They are demanding immediate solutions for the losses incurred by the Customs clearance curb work programme.
The Customs trade union action has started six days back and continued until today. It is reported that several other trade union associations expressed their support. The Customs Officers Association stated that customs clearance activities have dropped by 90 per cent due to trade union action.
Director General of Customs, PSM Charles suddenly transferred, and appointing a retired Navy officer instead was the reason for the trade union action. Due to this situation, the Peliyagoda warehouse complex and the container inspection area, as well as the Orugodawatte container yard, have been neglected.
Trade union point out that clearance of goods has been stopped due to professional actions and only potatoes, onions, pharmaceuticals and frigid containers are being cleared. The Excise Department Trade Union which consists of 12 trade unions states in a press release stating that full support would be given to the trade union action launched by the Customs officers. Usually, with customs operations, the government generates between 3 and 4 billion rupees a day. Customs officials say that 80% of the money will be lost to the government daily due to the trade union action.