Written by Staff Writer
09 Oct, 2014 | 7:40 am
Railway Employees commenced a strike action from midnight Wednesday citing several demands, including salary anomalies.
Meanwhile , Sri Lanka Railways says that many long distance trains services have been cancelled owing to the railway strike. He stated however that 22 trains are operational.
We at News1st contacted the convener of the Graded Railway Trade Union Collective , Janaka Fernando to ascertain the ground situation at the location.
He said: “We were compelled to cancel all the night mail trains yesterday. There might be train delays and cancellations today as well. When we went to a trade union action last time, there were many train delays and cancellations. We do not want to go into strike actions. We have been requesting from all the relevant authorities – from the secretary to the president to the railways general manager – to remove salary anomalies for the last three and half years. ‘
He added: “The minister spoke with the Salaries Commission and the salary compassion granted only a .350 increment. When we expressed our displeasure over this the minister promised that he would resolve the matter after talking with the salaries commission withing two weeks. However, it has been two months and we are yet to receive a solution.”
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Railways B.A.P Ariyarathne notes that steps will be taken to ensure that trains are in full operation
However, he notes that there may be instances where passengers will be inconvenienced owing to the strike action launched by the railway employees.
He said, “ It is difficult to deploy persons to duties the way we want as there is a security system that needs to be followed. However we will take the necessary steps to make sure that trains are operating as usual. We will focus on the morning train service. Throughout last night we have been discussing this and workers have been deployed to relevant locations. However, there might be delays and at times there might be shortage of trains when compared to normal days. Therefore, we would like to remind the commuters that there might be certain inconveniences.”
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