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As a discussion between Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and the railway trade unions had failed the railway strike would continue, a Trade Union source said.

Meanwhile, the SLTB has cancelled all leave of its crews, while the National Transport Commission has loosened its regulations for private buses to operate without route permit during the strike period.  

The Railway Locomotive Operating Engineers Union and the Railway Guards Union had launched the strike yesterday evening placing several demands.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to declare the railway service as an essential service.

The Ministry of Transport said the Minister had instructed officials to make arrangements to minimise the inconvenience caused to commuters due to the strike. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • Janaya Thursday, 12 October 2017 02:28 PM

    What talks? Railway essential service now.

    Private Thursday, 12 October 2017 02:31 PM

    Please privatize the RAILWAYS.The resources would be utilized more effectively.

    saman Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:07 PM

    What. Shame on you.

    Yahiya Thursday, 12 October 2017 02:37 PM

    All mode of state transport

    lawless Thursday, 12 October 2017 03:47 PM

    President to declare the railway service as an essential service and arrest these people.

    Martin Milton Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:11 PM

    As we hear, this minister is one of the most ignorant and one who cares not at all for the people of Sri Lanka. True there are many others like him in the present AND past G'sOSL.So it is a pity he is tolerated here and there instead of being 'booed' away..! MM

    kan Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:07 PM

    Appoint a separate Minister of Railways to improve this sector.

    Anthony Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:15 PM

    There are certain citizens who just keep talking, The biggest issue is that our president has given too much freedom and the people have taken kindness for weakness , Make all the services essential, Transport, Hospitals, and what ever organisation which has to give service to the citizens.

    Kadiya Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:39 PM

    Where were these termites during the last 10 years? Hiding deep down their mud hill and now comes out like bugs they are because of Yahapalanaya!

    a.samad Thursday, 12 October 2017 08:40 PM

    government must anounce railway strikers will lose their jobs.


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