Buses plying the Galle road have stopped work and are currently on strike, the Private Bus Owners Association said today. Association President Gemunu Wijeyratne said that all buses starting from Panadura, Moratuwa, Kalutara, Aluthgama and buses on the Mathugama-Colombo route have all stopped work.
“At this time it is difficult to say when the strike will stop and may continue tomorrow. We suspect that the strike will continue tomorrow as well,” Wijeyratne said.
A private bus allegedly knocked against a SLTB bus operating from the Ratmalana depot damaging the side mirror of the SLTB bus which led to the assault of the private bus driver and union workers say they refuse to stop the strike.
The private bus worker is being treated at the Panadura hospital. (Olindhi Jayasundere )
Konde Bendapuchhena Thursday, 02 June 2011 01:12 PM
We must have daily survey that how many strikes taking place on this island
Kafen DE kawe Thursday, 02 June 2011 01:36 PM
Zulfee Thursday, 02 June 2011 01:42 PM
ARROGANT and RECKLESS drivers / conductors were employed at private buses.Really believe me,were facing these kind of maniacs in everyday when we traveling with private buses. Private conductors never willing to pay the balance without fighting and or at least a bad word with passenger . One of my friend from Singapore had a bitter experience when he decided to see the bus journey in Sri Lanka.His word was" here the drivers are maniacs". yes that's true when you travel by these kind of private buses...
RAJIV Thursday, 02 June 2011 01:43 PM
The privet bus driver much have been trying to over take the government bus to collect all the people he can. I tell these privet but drivers and unions don't get on the wrong side of people next time you will be in the grave and not in hospital. Get more SLTB buses and reduce the privet buses on the road. This will bring an end to this mad rush we see with these privet buses. I support the SLTB bus driver for standing up giving a good knock to this privet bus chap. Good show mate.
ibog Thursday, 02 June 2011 01:47 PM
What is going on ..Is this incident reason for da strike !! unbelievable .. if that the case everyday they have to strike.
Raki Thursday, 02 June 2011 02:12 PM
Now it is time for the Government to take ownership of the private buses. Make those employees as CTB workers. Compensate the bus owners slowly and later as they have earned enough money. no more strikes.
Maha Raja Thursday, 02 June 2011 02:26 PM
Private buses are a curse of the country .... who to blame ... all the inefficent governments, corruption in SLTB has put us in a situation where we need private buses .
semage Thursday, 02 June 2011 02:30 PM
they deserve the kane para
adhil iqbal Thursday, 02 June 2011 03:25 PM
strikes should be banned..... the government should appoint a unions court to handle matter like this
Bumba Thursday, 02 June 2011 03:23 PM
Time for the learned minister who boasts that he too has a vehicle feet to bring out his magnificent SLTB fleet and show the public that the private buses are not needed to run the transport service.
Pathfinder Thursday, 02 June 2011 04:40 PM
Poor commuters are finally at assault.
Man B Thursday, 02 June 2011 05:02 PM
Well done ,Miracle country.
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