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President requested to make railway service an essential service

President requested to make railway service an essential service

President requested to make railway service an essential service

Written by Staff Writer

27 Sep, 2019 | 2:08 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st):- The Ministry of Transport has requested the President to make the railway service an essential service. Its secretary, L.P.Jayampathi said, the request was made considering the inconveniences faced by the general public. A trade union action was launched on the 25th midnight by several trade unions including engine drivers citing salary anomalies. It was joined by employees of several trade unions, including station masters, drivers, controllers, and regulators.

The secretary to the ministry of transport noted, that he has provided guidance to the general manager of the railways to seek assistance from the retired officers. Meanwhile, the Superintendent of Railways, Gamini Seneviratne said, despite the strike action that 12 office trains operated as usual.

Accordingly trains operated from Mahawa, Kurunegala, Kandy, Polgahawela, Chilaw, Avissawella, Galle and Gampaha. Thereby, Gamini Seneviratne noted, that several trains are also scheduled to be operated during the afternoon. Meanwhile, due to the railway trade union action, officials, workers, and many commuters experienced inconveniences. The Chairman of the Railway Engine Drivers Association, Indika Dodangoda said, the trade union action will continue until the issue of salary anomalies is resolved.

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