Sri Lanka Railway strike called off

The strike launched by the Sri Lanka Railway trade unions since midnight Sunday has been called off following the discussions held between the unions and the Transport Ministry.

Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama said the strike concluded at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Graded Employees’ Unions Collective of Sri Lanka Railways launched the 48-hour strike from midnight Sunday (July 07) crippling the rail transport to demand the authorities to rectify their salary anomalies.

State-run TV reported that the Transport Minister Kumara Welgama and the Ministry Secretary held discussions with trade union representatives and during the discussions, the Minister has requested the railway trade unions not to inconvenience the commuters until a solution is found in the future after discussions with the Salaries and Cadre Commission.

The Transport Ministry has submitted several proposals regarding the railways workers’ salary anomalies to the Commission, the Minister has said.

The Minister has emphasized that if the trade unions were not prepared to negotiate the authorities would be compelled to take alternative measures for the operation of trains to cater to the needs of the commuters.

According to Welgama, the railway trade unions have agreed to accept the salary scale proposed by him and decided to conclude the strike. The final decision will be declared tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. by the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga.

The Minister further said that a salary scale without anomalies that everyone can accept will be provided to the railway trade unions by tomorrow.

The unions had vowed to continue the trade union action until they receive a positive response from the government.

However, the railway trade union collective has not made an official statement yet on calling off the strike.

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Source : colombopage

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