Aug 19, Colombo: A decisive meeting is to be held between President Maithripala Sirisena and the railway trade unions on the 23rd of this month regarding the issues arisen in the salary levels of train drivers, railway controllers and supervisory mangers.
Senior officials of the Transport Ministry and the officials of the National Salaries Commission are also scheduled to participate in the meeting to be held at the Presidential Secretariat.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Railway Controllers' Association Lal Ariyaratne told local media that a meeting held yesterday (18) between the President and the representatives of the railway trade unions was a 100 percent success and the President has promised to reach a just solution to the salary issue.
He said that there is a degree of disparity in pay grades not in the salaries within a grade and the recent commission appointed by the President to review the public sector salaries will not be able to resolve the issue.
The trade union leader has said that the trade unions do not believe that they may launch another strike since the President has promised to give them a just solution.