SriLanka Railway Trade Unions calls off strike, services to commence today

Sri Lanka Railway trade unions have decided to called off on going strike following a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena.

Services will commence at 2pm today and will be fully operational by 13th August a top TU official said a while ago.

Locomotive Engineering Operators’ Union (LEOU) Secretary Indika Dodangoda said several trade unions had a meeting with the President this morning, where the President agreed to give a solution to their demand.

The unannounced trade union action was launched by railway trade unions on Wednesday at 3 pm demanding their salary anomalies be rectified.

Earlier, the Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe said that even if the railway strike is continued further the government will never agree to their unfair demands.

The Deputy Minister said that the Ministry of Finance had requested for two months to provide solutions to the salary anomalies highlighted by the unions.

A committee headed by Dr. Sarath Amunugama had prepared a report with a recommendation to a salary hike. However, it was vehemently opposed by the Minister of Finance, Mangala Samaraweera citing that it would create greater anomalies in their entire public sector.

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