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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 7:50
Update: Train Strike By Engine Drivers Called Off
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The strike organized by the Federation of Graded Railway Workers Union this afternoon has been suspended.

Convener of the organization Janaka Fernando told our news team that the decision was made following discussions between his organization and the General Manager this morning.

The strike was planned against non payment of new salary scales to Station masters, supervisors, observing managers, and engine drivers which were approved by the Cabinet.

Convener Janaka Fernando further said that the strike was suspended on a pledge made by the General Manager of the Railway Department.

Meanwhile the trade union action launched by engine drivers following an assault on one of their fellow drivers at Ragama Railway station has been halted. A group of passengers allegedly assaulted the engine driver of a train bound for Rambukkana last evening. The passengers claimed that the engine driver was drunk thereby causing a serious delay.

More than 20 office trains were cancelled this morning due to trade union actions.

However the Railway Department stated that investigations revealed the engine driver had fallen sick after his sugar level and blood pressure had increased.

Locomotive Engineers Trade Union General Secretary K.A. U. Konthasinghe told our news team that legal action would be taken against the passengers who were involved in the assault.


Update: Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 09:39
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The train that set out at 6.35 p.m. yesterday from Colombo Fort heading for Rambukkana halted at the Ragama railway station. Several commuters on the train said that the train was stopped because the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

A spokesman from the control room said that the driver had fallen ill. The police spokesman said that due to a complaint made by a commuter the train driver had been tested for blood alcohol levels. 

It was later noted that the driver had fainted due to an increase in blood pressure and his diabetic condition flaring up. The train was stationary for about 20 minutes, blocking the tracks causing delays for other trains.  

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