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The All-Island Private Bus Company Federation today said that the intended bus strike yesterday was 50% successful and that another bus strike was likely if authorities did not meet their demands.

The association’s President, Stanley Wijeyratne said that although Private Bus Operators Association (PBOA) President Gemunu Wjeyratne had called off the strike, his association went ahead with the strike.

The association runs 6500 buses, all of which he said were stationary on January 11, the day the strike was to be held. He said that the association will go on strike for a consecutive number of days in the near future if their demands are not met.

“We have not set a date for the strike but will carry out a strike if the authorities do not fulfill the demands,” Wijeyratne said. He said that in addition to the refraining from issuing more route permits and increasing bus fare hikes, the association intends on making several other requests. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • sg Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:55 PM

    First of all try to buildup unity then go for a actions but keep in mind all of you fighting no with government or ministers or officers but specially ordinery people who mainatian your profits and buisness. Any decision should be taken by filtering.Otherwise it will be negatively impact with all the purposess.

    Shaaa Wednesday, 12 January 2011 01:12 PM

    Was there a strike yesterday...? :P I didn't notice any uncommon though i traveled to Colombo...

    demon Wednesday, 12 January 2011 01:15 PM

    so dump...

    meranchi Wednesday, 12 January 2011 01:45 PM

    public transportation mean people service not flick their pocket is unexceptionable many bus owners waiting to serve for the nation for reasonable price cancel strikers license and give them chance who really wanted to better service,,,,i

    jay Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:26 PM

    Half successful! that 's mean a failure.

    Over the Top Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:35 PM

    A half boiled egg is not the same as a full boiled eggs. Simple!!

    weerasuriya Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:01 PM

    Asked them to strike at least one month continuously.They never do as they love to people !!!!!!!

    nsk Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:31 PM

    i think that this entire pvt buses shouldnt stopped from running on the roads, for many reasons one is they r not up to the standrad. 2nd they really dont know how to treat a passenger. 3rd they dont know to drive. the more CTB buses we have it will be a problem for the pvt bus onwers.

    Steve Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:43 PM

    These private bus owners do not serve the people but serve their pockets. Govt should take a stern decision and resolve this problem. They threaten to strike time to time and put the public in bad situation.

    sundari Thursday, 13 January 2011 06:35 AM

    We cannot differentiate Association buses from Federation buses. Draw some mark on the buses so that we can identify. Then we also can boycot u when we decide and send you home. Then you will be 100% successful.

    trim Thursday, 13 January 2011 06:57 AM

    Keep your privete buses strike forever we will manage with CTB.

    trim Thursday, 13 January 2011 06:59 AM

    thoses riff-taffers should be thrown out from the roads to make people a respectable life.

    Royalist Wednesday, 12 January 2011 11:41 AM

    Why, your bus was only half full or did you strike at midnight Wije?

    Wimal_Madawansa Thursday, 13 January 2011 02:39 AM

    One trade union leader was full succesful in obtaining a SUV for himself.


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