Railway strike will continue: RTUA

Published : 12:04 am  August 11, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (192) reads | 

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  • Warns all train services will stop from today   
  • Twelve trains operated yesterday   

 

By Kalathma Jayawardhane and Chaturanga Samarawickrama   

The work stoppage by the railway trade unions continued for its third day yesterday and will continue in the absence of any signs of it being resolved, the Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA) said.   

RTUA co-convener Lal Ariyaratne said no discussions were forthcoming. 


Meanwhile, the Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union (LEOU) said train services, which were operated yesterday would also cease from today.   


“The sudden strike launched on Wednesday will continue until our salary anomalies and other issues are resolved. The eight trains that were operated will also stop from today,” LEOU Secretary Indika Dodangoda said.   
However, the Locomotive Assistants’ Union (LAU) said they were capable of operating trains and added that the work stoppage should be called off without causing further inconvenience to people as well as the Railways Department.   


Meanwhile, Railways General Manager S.M. Abeywickrama said twelve trains including ten passenger trains and two carriage trains were operated last evening.   


He said the Railways Department would take all possible steps to continue with the train services today despite the problems they could face in the process.   


Railways Additional General Manager Wijaya Samarasinghe said trains had left for Chilaw, Kandy, Maho, Rambukkana, Galle, Avissawella and Anuradhapura yesterday .   


“Railway employees on contract are now reporting for dury,” he said.   

 

The sudden strike launched on Wednesday will continue until our salary  anomalies and other issues are resolved. The eight trains that were  operated will also stop from today  


The government has announced special bus services to help train commuters who were stranded by the train strike and that private buses could operate on any route regardless of route permits.