Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena hands over the letter of appointment to Sanjaya Kumara Weligama. State Minister of Container Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development – Lohan Ratwatte looks on
Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, made two new appointments on 21.03.2022 to provide immediate solutions to employee grievances and to enhance industrial relations at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).
Accordingly, Sanjaya Kumara Weligama has been appointed the Director (Trade Unions and Employee Relations – Sri Lanka Ports Authority) and Shyamal Sumanaratne the Assistant Secretary (Trade Unions and Industrial Relations – Ministry of Ports and Shipping). Letters of appointment were handed over at a function held in SLPA.
The appointments have been made by the Minister in view of maintaining the industrial relations within the institution properly and efficiently by providing prompt solutions to the grievances and problems faced by the employees of SLPA.
Weligama who serves at present, as President and Sumanaratne, who serves as the Secretary of the Progressive Workers Union of the Commerce, Industry and Services affiliated to Sri Lanka People’s Front possess a long stood experience in the Ports and National Trade Union Movement.
Since the Minister started work in the office with a new vision and objective steps are being taken to successfully redirect the activities of the national-level projects and affiliated institutions of SLPA that had been inactive for a considerable period.
Expressing views on the occasion Minister Abeygunawardena commended the contribution made by the trade unions the employees of SLPA in making the port operate efficiently and effectively.
“Everyone in SLPA should aim at dedicated performance to enhance its productivity and efficient operation, regardless of personal opinions. Necessary steps should be taken to minimize expenses and increase revenue during this difficult time and at present, the construction of the East Container Terminal is progressing efficiently,” said Abeygunawardena.
Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge, Shipping Industry Development State Minister Lohan Ratwatte, Ports and Shipping Ministry Secretary U.D.C. Jayalal, State Ministry Secretary D.D.Mataraarachchi, SLPA Chairman – Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna, Managing Director Upul Jayatissa, SLPA’s Directors, Heads of Divisions, Executive Officers, representatives of the Sri Lanka People’s Front affiliated trade union and several employees were also present at the occasion.