Minister Wimal Weerawansa and former MP Udaya Gammanpila were resopnded with much objection on Friday (31) as the two governing party stalwarts visited the Port premises to discuss in regard to the trade union action launched against the selling of East Terminal of Colombo Port to India.
The passive resistence launched by Port trade unions continued for a third day on Friday and the Port employees, who blocked the entrance to the Port near the Hartal Bridge over the goverment's failure to respond, stopped work at all three terminals.
The union action was backed even by trade unions responding to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, and their demand was to stop the selling of the East Terminal to India or any other party, with a guarantee that all port operations will be further undertaken by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, prior to the 2020 Polls.
The trade unions also requested a meeting with the President in this regard.
Nevertheless, Weerawansa and Gammanpila, who visited the site yesterday, were booed and objected by the demonstrators, forcing the two government figures to leave the scene with a heavily guarded troop.