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* Railway trade unions call off train strike after discussions with President
Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 11:06 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 12, Colombo: The Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA), who launched an island wide train strike last week without a warning has called off their strike after a discussion held with the President Maithripala Sirisena today.

The Railway Trade Unions have said that they will commence their services from today. All trains will be set up to run according to the normal schedule from Monday.

Sri Lanka Railways engine drivers and guards launched by the island wide strike on Wednesday over salary anomalies of Railway employees. The strike continued in to the fifth day today.

Deputy Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe said that the government is considering to make the Railways an essential service if discussions with the trade unions fail to end the strike.

The five-day strike by the railway unions was strongly condemned by the severely inconvenienced commuters, especially state and private sector workers and students who are siting for the GCE Advanced Level examination.

Enraged railway passengers Wednesday staged a protest opposite the country's central Colombo Fort Railway Station demanding the government to privatize the service.


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