Delays to continue as locomotive engineers’ stand on safety rules remains unchanged

Delays to continue as locomotive engineers’ stand on safety rules remains unchanged

Written by Staff Writer

12 May, 2014 | 3:12 pm

Deputy Minister of Transport, Rohana Dissanayake believes that the delays in train services experienced over the past several days will cease by Monday evening.

However, the Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union says that their token union action of adhering to the strict safety rules, which have been causing the delays, will continue.

Delays were experienced on several office services Monday morning as well.

When News1st made inquiries regarding the situation from the Deputy Minister of Transport, Rohana Dissanayake he said:

“We are taking the necessary steps together with them after we cordially reached an agreement to restore railway services to normal. I believe that we will be able to restore train services to normal by this evening. We are operating without delays at present, but if there is any shortcoming I believe that it will be addressed by this evening.”

Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union, K.A.U. Konthasinghe says that their token union action will continue until their demands are met.

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