Dec 11, Colombo: The Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva stressed that the railway employees who do not report for by 12 midnight tomorrow will be considered to have vacated their posts.
Since the Railway service has been named as an essential service, all the employees on contract basis should report to work, the General Manger of Railways has ordered.
In a statement issued The Railway department said that the service of everyone who does not report for work will be suspended.
Meanwhile, eight trade unions belong to the technical service of the government railway have decided to end the strike and report to the duty, the Government Information Department said.
These unions have informed their decision to President Maithripala Sirisena and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva today.
Secretary to the Transport Ministry G.S. Vithanage also said that considering the present strike situation, the decision to ask retired workers to report to work is a justifiable action.
The Railway Department said the request for retired engine drivers and other railways workers to return to service has received a good response.
The Additional Railways General Manager Vijaya Samarasinghe meanwhile, said all members of the Railway Supervision Managers' Association who participated in the strike today reported for work. Around 4000 members have come to work unconditionally, he said.
The Railway Department said 22 trains were in service today.