Lankapage Logo CP 19 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Deputy Minister says Railways will be made an essential service if strike continues
Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 09:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 11, Colombo: Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe says that if the strike launched by the Sri Lanka Railways trade unions continues, the railways will have to be made an essential service.

He said that the government would continue to take steps to solve the problem democratically.

The train strike launched by the Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA) on Wednesday over salary anomalies of Railway employees continued for the fourth day today and no trains except the fuel tanker trains operated in the country today.

It has been reported that the government is also considering to train 100 Army personnel in India on driving trains.

Meanwhile, the Railway Employees during discussions held today with the authorities have agreed to operate several trains while maintaining the strike.

Speaking to the state media the Deputy Minister said the government is trying to solve the problem democratically.

"I personally know who are in those trade unions are. Who knows who is opearting. We cannot control them. We are trying to resolve this problem as democratically as possible."

He said the gazette notification declaring the railway service essential has been prepared. "We have not decided yet. After it is presented to the President and President signed it, the Railways will become an essential service."

"We will try to resolve this for another two-three days through discussions without making the service an essential service. If not we can announce it After Monday," the Deputy Minister added.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
President donates million to Thebuwana Police Sergeant Sanath Gunawardena
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka looking to restrict non-essential imports to face current economic challenges
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President reaffirms government's commitment to eliminate malnutrition
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's manufacturing, services sectors slow down in September 2018
MP Wimal Weerawansa files petition against Counter-Terrorism bill
Ali Roshan and six others summoned before Special High Court over illegal possession of elephants
Diplomats enlightened on Sri Lanka's Economy, foreign policy
Pakistan HC in Sri Lanka re-launches official website
Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya responds to corruption charges
Office on Missing Persons Colombo meeting today

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.