Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka railway strike called off, engine operators agree to return to work
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 09:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 17, Colombo: The strike action launched by the Sri Lanka railway unions has been called off following discussions held this evening between the unions and the Ministry of Transport.

The strike launched by the members of the Locomotive Operators Union and the Sri Lanka Railway Technical Trade Union on Thursday (February 13) entered a fifth day today.

The representatives of two trade unions participated in the discussion in the evening.

A spokesman for the Locomotive Operators Union said the engine operators will resume work when they receive written assurances from the authorities regarding their demands.

The spokesman told local media that the trade unions have requested the authorities not to penalize the strikers.

The unions launched the strike to protest the Transport Minister's decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I.L.K. Dissanayake from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Minister.

Sumathipala Manawadu, the secretary of the Railway General Workers' Union said earlier that the strike was against deploying a number of railway trade union activists in the work of the Ministry targeting to disrupt the trade unions.

Railway authorities considered calling retired train operators to work on a contract basis to provide an uninterrupted service to the public.

The discussions held between the locomotive engineers and the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport on Sunday ended without reaching an agreement. However, both sides decided to hold another round of discussions today following which the agreement to return to work has been reached.

The commuters were severely inconvenienced Monday afternoon due to cancellation of a number of trains since the engine drivers have not reported to duty.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka opposition protests against government's casino legislation
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lankan parliamentary approval for one of the three controversial casino legislations
-- [5 hours ago]
Employees of Sri Lanka's zoological garden urge authorities to re-commence elephant dances
-- [5 hours ago]
Discovery of contaminated plastic bottles during raid raises alarm on water sold in Sri Lankan market
-- [6 hours ago]
Consumer movement urges Sri Lankan government to remove the fuel surcharge from the electricity bill
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Attorney General's Department sets up provincial units
Sri Lanka briefs diplomatic community on measures taken to subdue renewed threat of terrorism
Sri Lankan President vows to take strict action against lawbreakers, not to permit religious discord
Parliamentary delegation of Balochistan visits Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka business chamber conducts workshop on media Strategies for corporate sector

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.