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Work-to-rule campaign from midnight to replace bus strike: ACPBWA

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The All Ceylon Private Bus Workers' Association (ACPBWA) said they will stop the ongoing strike and launch a work-to-rule campaign from midnight today, unless the President intervenes to solve their issues.

ACPBWA convener Kumararatna Renuka told Daily Mirror that they had decided to call off the strike tonight following threats received by the workers, from bus owners.

“Now we are depressed and 40 per cent of bus operators have reported for work as they were forced to do so by their bus owners,” he said.

Therefore, our association decided to call-off the strike and launch a work-to-rule campaign tonight. We advised workers to refrain from overtaking vehicles on the road by crossing white lines.

“The bus owners never think about their workers but only about their daily income. If we overtake and cross the white lines, we have to pay the spot fines from our daily salary.

Therefore, we have decided to deduct the spot fines from the bus owners’ fixed daily amount at the end of the day and return the balance,” he said.

”We do not care about the bus owners' income anymore and will not overtake any vehicle on the road. That will take a long time to reach a destination. We have also advised the workers to mark their log sheets accurately,” Mr Renuka said.

We request the responsible authorities to implement the rules such as wearing of uniforms, he said.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva addressing a media briefing yesterday said that no one could oppose the new traffic fines once they were passed in Parliament and gazetted. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • suresh Friday, 17 August 2018 08:43 PM

    Yes you idiots, dont overtake others putting everyone into danger. That is the whole idea of this increase (apart from collecting more taxes)

    Unchikun Friday, 17 August 2018 09:14 PM

    Cheers, the jokers are going to work to rule by not overtaking crossing white lines. If they do so they should be fined. I think it is better for the laws to be as it is as these beggars will now follow the road rules. A bunch of idiots. I do not want to use the word donkey as donkey behave better than these jokers.

    Eardley Friday, 17 August 2018 09:35 PM

    Why not continue with the strike? Though long overdue, Government should at least now, should not give into any of these demands

    Sofia Friday, 17 August 2018 09:42 PM

    So the increased fines have helped to get these ruffians to work within law and transport authority rules. Very good indeed to see these buses going slowly and between designated lanes.

    dn Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:57 PM

    Another joke. If they work according to rule, not need to worry about fines.

    CNJ Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:31 PM

    At long last these maniacs are learning to work with rules! Good for all road users!

    ali Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:53 PM

    Very soon a hubby or wife is going to ask President to intervene to solve their family issue

    Tom Jones Saturday, 18 August 2018 05:34 PM

    Good to see the bus drivers also joining the GMOA in strikes. GMOA members are now equal to bus strikers. The conservancy and harbour workers are a better lot than the GMOA.

    Buddhist Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:07 PM

    One of the conditions that should be there to issue private bus licence should be restrictions that they cannot strike. Similarly GMOA doctors should be allowed to do private practice only if they agree never to stop working.

    Slay Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:11 PM

    They can work to rule or work to no rule, it doesn't bother the public at all.

    Commuter Monday, 20 August 2018 09:31 AM

    If they are to work to rule, they should obey the rule.One is that they should wear their uniformsTwo is that they should issue ticketsThree stop at the proper bus stopsFour not go for races with each other Five stop for an elongated time at the bus stopsThereafter, make the passengers get off fast as the next bus is catching up on them.This list could go on and on


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