May 13, Colombo: Train services in Sri Lanka are expected to return to normal from today as the work-to-rule action carried out by the engine drivers' union came to an end Monday following successful discussions between the railway authorities and the union representatives.
At a media briefing, Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama assured the public the train services will return to normal from Monday evening.
The Railway officials and the railway trade unions held a discussion Monday at the Transport Ministry to resolve the railway crisis.
The unions have agreed to return to work until the disputes in routine operations including the problems in the schedules and speed limits are resolved, the Minister told media.
Locomotive Operating Engineers Union (LOEU) General Secretary, K.A.U. Konthasingha told media that they have decided to temporarily suspend the work-to-rule action after the discussion with the Minister and trusting his assurances
The Railway engine drivers launched a work-to-rule campaign last Wednesday to protest the suspension of four engine drivers following two train accidents at Pothuhera and Aluthgama train stations within a week time.
The campaign angered the commuters who were inconvenienced by the delays and cancellations of trains.