All services, work or labour at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority were declared as an essential public service by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last night.

The Order by the President was made under the Essential Public Services Act, No. 61 of 1979 by way of a Gazette notification.

The Order applies to all services, work or labour of any description necessary or required to be done by or in connection with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority established by Section 3 of Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act No. 51 of 1979, the Gazette notification issued by Secretary to the President P.B.Jayasundera said.