The Lunuwila North Sea Workers’ Collective alleged that employees of the North Sea Factory in Lunuwila have not been paid for the past three-months. The factory manufactures fishing nets and equipment and is operated by the Fisheries Ministry.
A group of North Sea Factory workers protested by blocking the entrance to the Ministry of Fisheries at Maligawatta on 31 August, demanding the Minister and officials to facilitate the payment of their monthly salaries. They also requested officials to promptly intervene to resolve most issues at the factory.
When contacted, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda said that he had provided a sum of Rs 20 million from his personal funds to resolve many issues which has cropped up at the factory and noted that the problems had emerged due to the serious shortcomings on the part of its present management.
By Mithun Jayawardena