Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga told Parliament yesterday that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) had incurred huge losses suffered and damages owing to the strike by its workers over the past few days.
Ranatunga said he would furnish a report in that regard to the House shortly.
Participating in the debate on the Gazette Extraordinary issued by the President declaring supply and distribution of fuel as an essential public service, the Minister said: “We issued the Gazette because we saw how the public was inconvenienced due to the trade union action. The government is grappling with many issues such as the garbage disposal and dengue epidemic at the same time. Had the oil crisis continued any longer, the country would have been crippled. We are ready for discussions at any moment and at the same time we won’t hesitate to take swift action if public is inconvenienced.”