Colombo, Oct 07 (BAN/ AD): Sri Lanka Railways trade union strike which started on 25th September has entered 12th day despite the President Sirisena gazetting the train service as an essential service. Trade unions say even though the government measure proclaiming the railway service as an essential service, they refuse to bow.
Ashok Abeysinghe State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation has said that all the office trains would be run with two power sets. As per Minister the average number of trains required for office workers is forty. Therefore, the Ministry says that thirty trains comprising two power sets each have been added to the train service.
These trains have already commenced service from Kurunegala, Maho Junction, Chilaw, Kandy, Galle and Avissawella to Colombo Fort.
Citing Presidential elections nearing the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has urged all public servants to call off strike and return to duty. Indika Dodangoda, Secretary of the Railway Engine Drivers Union has said that they have decided not to discontinue the strike.