Engine operators' strike from midnight tomorrow

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The Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union (LEOU), will launch an indefinite strike from midnight tomorrow against the violation of recruitment procedures through the enrolment of engine drivers of over 45 years of age.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, LEOU Secretary Indika Dodangoda said there was no need of recruiting additional engine drivers. The recruits rejected by the Public Service Commission had been made against employment recruitment procedures, he said.

“The vacancies were called for in 2013 and 2014 without mentioning an age limit. Later, the Transport Ministry Secretary and the General Manager Railways (GMR) went against relevant procedures by making these recruitments,” he said, adding that 12 individuals who were selected were over 45 years of age.

“The recruitment age limit is 45 years. As a union, we informed the GMR about our decision. We will launch an indefinite strike until the illegal recruits are removed,” he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Gamaya Monday, 04 March 2019 06:32 PM

    When were they recruited? Why the fuss now?

    Unchikun Monday, 04 March 2019 08:13 PM

    New Recruits, yes, less overtime. The engine drivers earn a massive paycheck due to overtime.

    jehan Tuesday, 05 March 2019 06:06 PM

    these guys make average 200000.00 per month. fire them . get new recruits.


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