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Oil workers' strike triggers gas lines in Sri Lanka

  • Sri Lankan auto rickshaw drivers and motorists wait to pump gasoline during a strike in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 24, 2017. Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers from a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest the government's plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Sri Lankan auto rickshaw drivers and motorists wait to pump gasoline during a strike in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 24, 2017. Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers from a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest the government's plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sri Lankan auto rickshaw drivers and motorists wait to pump gasoline during a strike in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 24, 2017. Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers from a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest the government's plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    Sri Lankan auto rickshaw drivers and motorists wait to pump gasoline during a strike in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 24, 2017. Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers from a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest the government's plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

Long lines have formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka as workers of a state-run petroleum corporation went on strike to protest the government's move to lease out dozens of oil tanks to neighboring India.

D.J. Rajakaruna, secretary of the Ceylon Petroleum Common Workers Union, says workers have stopped releasing fuel from 12 storage facilities since Sunday night.

He says they are demanding the government halt its plans to transfer oil tank operations to India, saying such an agreement would benefit only Indian companies.