Indefinite train strike from tonight: LEOU

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The Railway Engine Drivers Union yesterday announced that they would launch an indefinite strike from tonight over several demands including the operation of Chinese power sets having problems with their break system.

Locomotive Engineering Operators’ Union (LEOU) Secretary Indika Dodangoda said the appointment process of the Engine Drivers’ duties to the Co-Drivers had not been done according to the appropriate procedures in the Railways Department.

Therefore, earlier a token strike was planned and it was called off following a request made by Prime Minister's Secretary Saman Ekanayake on July 11 to provide solutions for the recruitment issued.

However, the appointment process was functioning as same and the placement examination was also planned to be held by the Examinations Department on August 26,” he said.

Mr. Dodangoda said that they also had decided to stop operating Chinese carriages and Class S10 trains with engine carriages and Chinese power sets and from tonight.

He said the Chinese locomotives are having problems with their break system.

He said that, the Railways department had decided to issue charge sheets to the engine drivers and related officials for derailments and other runtime issues despite the faults with the break system.

The railway Department had known about the problem of the break systems on Chinese carriages but without considering the defects the responsibility had been put on the engine driver and related officials.

“The strike action will continue tomorrow and following the response of the authorities,” he said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 16

  • BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:05 AM

    The latest export commodity of this country is "Strike".

    Perumal Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:24 AM

    Call the people (Kolonnawa included) into action!

    Rasheed Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:30 AM

    Please find out which Government imported these Chinese Locomotives.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 01 August 2017 12:46 PM

    Chinese rubbish has been imported by MR because the Chinese are paying the highest bribes.

    Proof Reader Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:30 AM

    DM, your writing / proof reading is absolute rubbish. It is not 'break' system. It is 'brake' system. Are you employing 1st graders to write your articles? Pathetic is not the word.

    Daily Boru Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:33 AM

    Who's government got down these engines and carriages? These fellows must be treated well and truly.

    ANTON Tuesday, 01 August 2017 11:48 AM


    89898 Tuesday, 01 August 2017 11:59 AM


    ceylon Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:05 PM

    people waiting for when ending sirisena ranil stupid rule. via DM Android App

    ceylon Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:07 PM

    if you buy made in chinayou know this will happen any time soon. via DM Android App

    ceylon Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:09 PM

    bought for highest bribery.still no one of any big theives put to jail because present lesders are sharing the loot with them. via DM Android App

    Leo Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:25 PM

    Initially check if these train drivers were employed following proper procedures secondly get them to operate the old rubbish we have which has no brake issue. Then ask the train pundits what more they need...SAITM closed down for instance or luxury car import permits. During this time make trains and other public transport services an essential commodity. via DM Android App

    Joseph Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:34 PM

    At least this strike seems to have some substance. If the brake systems are not working , which put lives of passengers at risk , and if the authorities are not taking any action to rectify the problem the engine drivers have the right to refuse driving such engines.

    peter Tuesday, 01 August 2017 01:40 PM

    To see success, you should come as a team otherwise they use Nazi tactics , 4"x4" treatment through their underworld drug kingpins and their goons.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 01 August 2017 03:10 PM

    Take away Chinese locos, we're left with Indian. Are they safer? Looks like this is a "Videsha Kumanthranaya".

    ceylon Tuesday, 01 August 2017 05:48 PM

    china .making money by dumping their garbage to poor corrupt countries to make money. via DM Android App

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