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* Sri Lanka Railway unions call off strike
Thu, Oct 12, 2017, 07:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 12, Colombo: The strike action launched by the Sri Lanka railway unions has been called off following discussions held this afternoon between the unions and the Secretary to the President.

President's Media Division said the Railway strike was called off after a discussion with President's Secretary Austin Fernando on the instructions of President.

The Locomotive Operating Engineers and Drivers' Union and the Association of Railway Guards initiated the unannounced strike on Wednesday.

The unions said following discussions with the Secretary to the President Austin Fernando this afternoon, they have suspended the strike.

Accordingly, the Railway Department will commence its services from 6 pm today and regular services will commence from tomorrow, the unions said.

The Railway general manager earlier today called on the retired engine drivers and guards to immediately report for work on a contract basis.

The sudden strike action launched to protest the recruitment of assistant train drives outside the regular procedure paralyzed the island's train service stranding commuters.

Inconvenienced commuters staged a protest at the central railway station in Colombo Fort yesterday.

Only a limited number of trains traveled from other areas to Colombo this morning.


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