Transport State Minister Ashok Abeysinghe today said the cabinet paper submitted to make the Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) a closed service, paving the way to rectify the salary anomalies of employees of Sri Lanka Railways (SLR), was approved by the cabinet today.
The SLR employees are on strike for a week demanding the implementation of the cabinet paper approved by the cabinet on May 18, 2018, to rectify their salary anomalies.
However, Secretary of the Engine Drivers’ Union, Indika Dodangoda told Daily Mirror last afternoon that they would decide whether to call off the strike or not after they received the cabinet approval officially. The strikers had not received the cabinet approval until 3.00 pm last afternoon.
The Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA) had decided to continue their strike action until they receive the cabinet decision on making the Railways Department as a closed Department and until they receive a favourable decision from the Treasury.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Janaka Fernando of the Railway Station Masters' Union said the unions had not been informed officially about the cabinet decision.
"Transport State Minister Ashok Abeysinghe told us only about making the Department a Closed Department but nothing about solutions regarding the salary anomalies," he said.
“The Treasury was the department responsible for holding the decisions regarding the salary anomalies, therefore, we decided to continue the strike until we get our solutions," Mr. Fernando said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
The TRUTH is they are not fighting for salary increase BUT to get to a salary point where they can import a car as per doctors do on a permit. an institution which has NEVER changed for 71 years (porobably the only institution in sri lanka) with attitude of same old procedures, smelly bathrooms, beetle chewing GUARDs, trains never run on time, how can public be satisfied with this current system. There is no check and balaces at SLGR.
Sambo Wednesday, 02 October 2019 07:28 AM
Please Minister kick these morons out as they will never change, Do not give in to their demands. They will continue to keep asking. They are holding the nation to ransom. If you wont take quick action remember the public will kick you out in two months.
Dee Wednesday, 02 October 2019 11:37 AM
Private sector please note! When recruiting staff don't just look at the qualifications and experience only, just check who their parents are! Never recruit such state employees siblings.
Gong Railway System Wednesday, 02 October 2019 02:46 PM
It is a pity that the public servant don't work in the best interest of public, rather they'd go on strike giving priority for their own benefits over public interest.
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