Railway gate-keepers commence strike action

Railway gate-keepers commence strike action

Railway gate-keepers commence strike action

Written by Staff Writer

31 Jul, 2016 | 1:34 pm

The Unprotected Railway Crossing Gatekeepers commenced a strike once again from 6 a.m. on Sunday.

Secretary of the Unprotected Railway Crossing Gatekeepers Association, Nimal Chandrasiri, said that they commenced the strike since they have not received solutions for their grievances.

The Unprotected Railway Crossing Gatekeepers Association launched a trade union action earlier, citing a number of demands, including increasing their daily wage, and to recruit members who come under the police force, to the Railway Department.

Chandrasiri said that the relevant authorities had not responded to their requests.He said that as a result, 2061 gatekeepers deployed at 687 unprotected railway crossings will take part in the strike on Sunday.

News 1st made an inquiry in this regard from the Deputy Minister of Transport, Ashok Abeysinghe.

He said that the ministry had focussed their attention on the grievances faced by the Unprotected Railway Crossing Gatekeepers, and that facts had been presented to the Finance Ministry.

The deputy minister said that steps will be taken to solve their issues as soon as approval is received from the Finance Ministry.

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