48-hour railway strike

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Train commuters are due to experience inconveniences on Monday and Tuesday (July 8 and 9), due to an island-wide strike organized by the Railways Professional Trade Union Alliance (RPTUA) to urge the government to rectify their salary anomalies.

Convener of the Joint Trade Union Alliance for Railway Employees, Janaka Fernando speaking to Daily Mirror Online a short while ago said the strike will be launched with effect from 12 midnight tomorrow and would continue for 48 hours.

All officials of the railway services including engine drivers, train guards, station masters, train controllers as well as all supervising coordinators of railways are due to participate in the strike.
“We took measures to voice our grievances to the authorities including the Transport Minister and the Presidential Secretary concerning the salary anomaly. Although we were given promises of rectifying the anomaly, no such action has been taken so far,” Fernando added.

On several occasions, the RPTUA has threatened to launch strikes that would cripple the railways sector, even as recently as April but had called it off at the last minute. (LP)

  Comments - 14

  • Mouth Taped Shut Not Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:03 PM

    Abdul and everyone else who has commented thus far:
    Railway ticket prices are lower than bus prices for the same distance. Railway tickets need to be brought into line with bus tickets and then some more. Yes, Sri Lanka's trains are old--some of them--, but it is probably a miracle that some good men keep the rolling stock--as old as it is- - in condition to at least run. I am not a regular train commuter--in fact that would be safer than the buses!--but I would support the railway unions in their just grievances.

    Cobra Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:23 PM

    And the railway sleepers will get a well deserved rest!!!

    Cobra Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:23 PM

    No, give everyone an electricity allowance first!

    M.O.A. Careem Saturday, 06 July 2013 12:51 PM

    comply thereafter complain - not the correct time to go for a strike...

    dava Saturday, 06 July 2013 01:50 PM

    Yes you guys deserve the pay hike.
    Each has to fight for his/her rights.

    See...!! What happened in EGYPT!!

    ANTON Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:16 AM

    NOW SLEEP WALKERS TO SLEEP WORKERS.

    HK Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:19 AM

    Dear gOs please this is enough already too much problems we are going with in this country !!

    wimal Saturday, 06 July 2013 07:27 AM

    Give private and Public sector 35% salary hike. We all support CGR unions.

    Abullas Saturday, 06 July 2013 02:19 PM

    you are wrong SL having a better railway system now ..

    Abdul Saturday, 06 July 2013 08:13 AM

    do we have proper trains here ? sri lankan railway is a running museum. foreign students can come here and see how trains worked in history.

    PRASANNAJIT Saturday, 06 July 2013 03:37 PM

    These Railway strikes are non operational similar to train services. They talk big only.

    Ajith L Saturday, 06 July 2013 04:20 PM

    I am sure this kind of strikes can be neutralized by the three forces.I will see a better rail and bus transport if army can take over...they are capable and prooved how active they are.over to you MR&GR

    Sim Sunday, 07 July 2013 10:48 AM

    If the Govt raise their pay, we the public have to bear it.

    weha Saturday, 06 July 2013 10:45 AM

    Common dude at the rate where the commuters go without tickets I' don't think they can afford to get new trains. besides people in south asia don't know how to look after public property.


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