Saturday, 18th September 2021

Railway trade union call off 12 day strike

Colombo, Oct 08 (BAN/ AD): The 12 day long strike has been called off by trade unions following a discussion held last with President Maithripala Sirisena.

Janaka Fernando Railway Station Masters’ Association General Secretary said they met with officials of the National Salaries and Cadre Commission on the instructions of President Sirisena and they got satisfactory promise to fulfil their demands.

Railway trade union are on an indefinite strike from September 25 midnight demanding the implementation of the Cabinet’s decision – approved on May 18 last year – to rectify their salary anomalies. All railway trade unions including railway guards, engine drivers, controllers, station masters and supervisory managers participated in the strike.

President had declared railways essential public service under act no 61 of 1979 by issuing the special gazette notification. Government had managed to operate several trains to Colombo Fort.


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