Aug 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena urged the striking public employees to think about the rights of the underprivileged people who are the ones mostly use the essential services such as public transport and free health care.
"People who engaged in strike actions should think about the rights of the innocent public of the country in a similar manner they think about their privileges with a sense of humanity," the President said.
Participating in a ceremony held at the Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo, on Thursday the President added that it is not the government that is suffering from strikes but the innocent people of the country.
Recalling with regret that the traumatic situation faced by the public including the students who sat for the G.C.E. A/L Examination due to the unannounced railway strike launched Wednesday, the President pointed out that the public transport services and the free health service are not used by the wealthiest people, but the underprivileged people in the country.
President Sirisena emphasizing that anyone can hold discussions with the Government at any time to find solutions for their issues noted that the "present government never used guns against protesters like the previous government."
Therefore, the President requested the trade unions, including the railway and the doctors, who are ready for strikes, to take steps to solve their problems in an intelligent and humane manner without causing hardships to the innocent people of the country.