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The Railway Operations Supervisory Union (ROSU) and the Ceylon Railway Guards Union (CRGU) yesterday threatened to launch an indefinite strike from Friday, if their demand for a salary increase was not met.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, ROSU Convener Lal Ariyaratne said the National Salaries and Cadre Commission had not followed the instructions given by Saman Ekanayaka, Secretary to the Prime Minister, on increasing their salaries.

He said Mr. Ekanayaka had instructed the commission to grant a pay hike under the circular 6/2006.

“During the previous strike, we demanded the Railways Department to increase the salary scale of Engine Drivers, Guards, Station Masters and Controllers to MP1 and MP2 categories,” he said.

Mr. Ekanayaka has told the commission to assign a pay hike within one month starting from September 20. He said this decision was given during the previous 48-hour train strike.

“The one month duration will come to an end on Friday. The only decision taken by the commission is assigning employees to a category which has a salary lower than the specified basic salary,” Mr. Ariyaratne said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • former employee Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:12 PM

    Go together with anti-SAITM front, if along employer will enjoy your suffering ,you have to drag longer and may not get any,joined and fight

    ceylon Thursday, 19 October 2017 06:17 PM

    at least these people striking for salary increase.gmoa people striking to close a university due to jelousy with new medical doctors. via DM Android App

    Yeti Friday, 20 October 2017 06:14 AM

    Orders from the JO?

    Wise Donkey Friday, 20 October 2017 01:12 PM

    How about everyone goes on strike for a change? Even the housewives at home - no cooking. What an idiotic society we have in our country. Only thing it knows protest


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