Railway strike continues until tomorow's cabinet meeting: Trade Unions

30 September 2019 07:30 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The railway trade unions yesterday decided to continue their strike action as the discussions held with the subcommittee failed, the Railway Professional Trade Union Alliance Convener Janaka Fernando said today.

He said the decision was taken following the meeting held with the subcommittee appointed to look into salary anomalies issue last evening. The Cabinet sub-committee had decided to present the demands of the railways' trade unions during today's cabinet meeting while requesting to make the Railways Department as a Close Department.

"By making the Railways as a close Department, there would be no interactions with any other departments. If the salary anomalies solved in the railways' department, it will not affect to the other departments," Mr. Fernando said.

He said the Treasury under the Finance Ministry did not agree with our demands. Therefore, the trade unions had decided to continue the strike until the cabinet paper is presented to the cabinet and until the treasury gives a favourable response in this regard, Mr. Fernando said.

The cabinet sub-committee is comprised of the Finance Deputy Minister, Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister Vajira Abeywardena and Minister Rajitha Senaratne. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 6

  • Sambo Monday, 30 September 2019 07:48 PM

    We request the subject minister to take some kind of immediate action. Either give into there evil demands or take action to fire them ASAP. As public we are suffering. Its become travails for us. You people will call meeting, speak some crap get in to your super luxury vehicle and go. Remember an election is at hand.

    Slcitizen Monday, 30 September 2019 09:30 PM

    Government should take stern action against these sort of trade unions which put general public at greater trouble to win their demands. In a country like sri lanka railway staff is paid more than what they deserve. These strikes are quite unethical especially when elections are around..

    Desmond Erantha Monday, 30 September 2019 10:15 PM

    Railway Dept is public property developed by tax payers money. Trade union gave gone beyond limits. They should be terminated and give chance skill young peoples those can pledge to public they will not strike this way to sabotage and waste public money.

    Suresh Monday, 30 September 2019 10:48 PM

    Was this govt elected to sit and watch? If so they are doing a fantastic job

    Sunil Tuesday, 01 October 2019 05:44 AM

    While agreeing wholeheartedly with the two comments stated above, I may as well add that we cannot expect anything better from a spineless government and an equally spineless minister. They are not at all concerned about the people. Chase them out as soon as possible. Make the message very clear on 11 September as well.

    parakum Tuesday, 01 October 2019 05:47 PM

    Read the RIOT ACT to these politically motivated TU leaders, and take stern action, Public is behind you. Do what JR did in 80s to Bank Strikers.


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