Thursday, 16th September 2021

Despite declaring Railway services essential, unions go ahead with strike

Colombo, June 28 (BAN/ AD): A day after government declaring the railway services essential unions have gone ahead with their planned strike. A complaint with police has been filed by the General Manager of Railways Dilantha Fernando. The Department of Railways said action will be taken against the employees engaged in the strike for violating the Emergency Regulations.

Over several demands railway employees have started the strike since midnight Thursday. On Thursday Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne had issued a special gazette notification making the railways an “essential public service”. Hence as per law any attempt to disrupt an essential service will be considered as an offense. However the Railway trade unions have disregarded the government order.

As per railway officials despite workers on strike several office trains were in operation this morning. However, it was reported that the trains operated with great difficulty since the signals were not functioning. Trains are operating from Kandy, Rambukkana, Mahawa, Chilaw, Galle, Matara and Avissawella this morning.

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