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Extraordinary gazette declaring Port, Airport, Passenger Transport Services essential issued

By: Isuru Parakrama

Colombo (LNW): President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an extraordinary gazette declaring a number of services including the Port, the Airport and Passenger Transport Services essential with immediate effect, in the backdrop where many trade unions responding to the aforementioned services are preparing to launch a strike action against several decisions by the RW-led regime tomorrow (01).

These essential services include public transport services for the dispatch, carriage, loading, storage, distribution and unloading of passengers or goods or cargo of food and beverages or coal, oil and fuel from vessels within any port.

Defined for the purposes mentioned in Chapter 235 of the Customs Ordinance, the provision and maintenance of facilities for transport services by road, rail or air, including roads, bridges, culverts, airports, ports and railways have also been declared as essential services with immediate effect.

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