Following successful discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, railway trade unions have decided to call of the ongoing strike, union representatives said.
The railway strike launched by several trade unions over a number of demands will continue indefinitely, LEOU Secretary Indika Dodangoda said.
As the ongoing railway strike enters its second week, ten commuter trains made their way to Colombo Fort this morning, with former station masters also coming out of retirement to help out.
The strike action launched by railway employees and the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) earlier this week will continue today (27).
The SLTB temporarily cancelled leave for all staff today in order to implement a special island-wide transport plan in the face of the ongoing railway strike.
The General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Free Railway Employees’ Association Nadeera Manoj says that the Minister of Transport Arjuna Ranatunga agreed to look into the requests made by the trade unions at the meeting held with the Minister last afternoon (04 July).
Railway trade unions are willing to call off the ongoing train strike anytime if the authorities give a favourable response to their demands, General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Free Railway Employees’ Association Nadeera Manoj said.
State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe said that they are forced to take legal action against the Railway trade unions for going on strike despite making railway services an essential public service.
The President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne says that the private buses are available islandwide, therefore, the commuters will not face inconvenience due to the railway strike.
The railway trade unions have decided to temporarily suspend the planned strike action that was set to commence from midnight today (19) due to Minister of Transport Arjuna Ranatunga has agreed to schedule a meeting between the railway trade unions and the Finance Minister.