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* Sri Lanka Railway union suspends strike scheduled from midnight today
Tue, Dec 4, 2012, 01:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railway union has suspended the token strike it scheduled from midnight today over a salary issue following discussions held this morning with the Transport Minister Kumara Welgama.

Minister Welgama had reportedly promised the trade unions that a final decision on the salary issue will be made after a discussion with the Salary Commission on Thursday.

The Graded Trade Union Collective of Sri Lanka Railway earlier announced that all employees representing their trade unions and the engine drivers would strike work for 24 hours from midnight Tuesday.

The main demand of the strike was to win the recommended salary scales, a spokesman of the trade union collective said.

The secretary of the Common Trade Union of Sri Lanka Railway Employees Sumathipala Manawadu said that other railway employees will also decide their trade union action to win several demands including resolving the problems of the circular numbered 6/2006, payment of distress loans and filling 9,000 vacancies in Sri Lanka Railway.

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