May 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Railway officials and the railway trade unions will hold a discussion today at the transport Ministry to resolve the railway crisis.
The Railway Engine Drivers Association launched a work-to-rule campaign to protest the suspension of four engine drivers following two train accidents at Pothuhera and Aluthgama train stations within a week time.
According to the Locomotive Operating Engineers Union (LOEU) General Secretary, K.A.U. Konthasingha the accidents were due to faulty signal systems and train operations.
The Executive Council of the union will meet with Transport Ministry officials today to discuss the future measures that need to be taken to address the issue.
On April 30th an intercity train traveling on northern track collided with a stationary train at the Pothuhera Train Station in Kurunegala injuring 68 people while a train from Galle transporting fuel collided with a stationary power-set at the Aluthgama Train Station on the southern track on May 07.
The work-to-rule campaign launched last Wednesday (May 07) to protest the suspension of train operators held responsible for the accidents angered the commuters who were inconvenienced by the delays and cancellations of trains.
The passengers angered by the 'slow' train service assaulted the train driver of a Colombo bound train from Mahawa at the Polgahawela railway station delaying the train services on the main line for over half an hour.
The union representative say the campaign will continue if the discussions fail to give any assurance regarding the security of the engine drivers.