No bus strike: 12.5% hike accepted; Min fare Rs.12

2018-05-16 18:00:16

Following the discussions with Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva this evening, the All Ceylon Private Bus Association (ACPBA) decided to cancel its scheduled strike, which was scheduled to start midnight today.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror ACPBA Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said the bus associations had agreed to Minister’s decision on amending the bus fare by 12 percent with the minimum fare being Rs. 12 with the effect from May 22 midnight.

Earlier, the bus associations announced that they would go on a countrywide bus strike from midnight  today demanding minimum fare of Rs. 15 and 15 percent hike.

While holding a media briefing this evening at Narahenpita, the bus associations said they would not stop the strike until the Government reconsidered increasing the minimum fare.

However, a meeting with the Transport Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe failed. During the meeting, the Minister had requested the bus associations to wait until next Tuesday (22) for a final decision.

The bus associations and the IPPBA said that they would not to wait.

“Waiting for Ministers’ decision till Tuesday is not reasonable and we should get the final decision today to change the decision of tonight’s strike,” Mr Priyanjith said then.

However, following a meeting with the Transport Minister later bus associations decided to cancel the planned strike. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 8

  • D Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:04

    Aiyo salli. Why are you giving into these idiots? Remove the the permits of those who strike. Grow the ctb.

    Reply : 7       58

    Observer Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:18

    Yours is only a dream

    Reply : 9       24

    Saman Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:52

    I am wondering .. who is ruling this country ?

    Reply : 2       38

    Unchikun Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:56

    Will the deputy minister resign? NO!

    Reply : 1       19

    DN Wednesday, 16 May 2018 18:59

    Ruined my plan of staying couple days at home This is unfair

    Reply : 0       34

    Hajireen Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:00

    I was looking forward for a couple of days of good driving with these donkeys off the road... Should have let them strike without rushing to a decision... Anyways what else can be expected from the gov..

    Reply : 5       40

    Katie Thursday, 17 May 2018 09:45

    Bus fares are increasing, PAYE tax components are increasing, but nobody is talking of the salary increments which needs to be looked into. That won't go up. It was only during R. Premadasa's time that salary increments were given regularly. Whose talking of the salary increments of Private Sector employees. Government sector employees have all the facilities and still strike and make a big hue and cry about everything, where as the private sector is kicked in the butt.

    Reply : 1       8

    JuniorCitizen Thursday, 17 May 2018 16:14

    I am planning on starting a crowd funding project. Collect donations from all Sri Lankans and buy this government a backbone. anyone interested?

    Reply : 0       2

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