Tens of thousands of employees in the private and public sector lost their jobs due to the measures taken by the then government following the strike which was staged on 18th July 1980. A special programme was held at the Colombo public library auditorium to commemorate the 30 year memory of the event that changed the destiny of the working people of this country. It was organized by July strikers Association. Secretary of the association P. Samaradivakara said that 20 acres of land have been allocated for the July strikers and their family members on the instruction of the President. Director of the Presidential Public Relations Division, Vajira Irugalbandara said that the July strikers would be provided relief such as free eye glasses, implant lenses and scholarships to their children.
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