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* Government issues ultimatum to striking railway employees
Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 09:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 02, Colombo: The General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways has issued an internal directive to heads of all the divisions to consider the employees, who have gone on strike and not reported for work, as have abandoned the service.

The directive states that railway employees belonging to several grades are on strike without informing the Ministry of Transport or the General Manager of the Railways.

The General Manager of Railways is empowered under the institution's law to consider all employees who have not reported to service without giving prior notice of sick leave, as having vacated their respective posts.

Accordingly, the General Manager of Railways has ordered the Heads of Departments to comply with the Internal Directive on the abandonment of the service.

ďAll officers belonging to the grade of Railway Engine Driver, Station Master, Railway Guard and Supervisor Manager who have not yet been reported to work without notice of sick leave have been deemed to have vacated post from the date not reported to work in accordance with Appendix 12 to Rule 172 of the Procedure Rules," the directive states.

The strike launched by several trade unions of the Railway Department since midnight of 25 September demanding to resolve salary anomalies had continued for the seventh straight day today, inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of commuters across the country.

Several rounds of discussions between the trade unions and the government have failed to resolve the issue despite the government acceding to the unions' demands.

Acting Minister of Transport Ashok Abeysinghe said he will not hold any more discussions with the striking unions until they call off the strike and report to work.


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