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Friday, 27 September 2019 - 17:37
NO TRAINS TODAY - TEACHERS GET SICK FOR SECOND DAY
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Railway commuters were yet again inconvenienced today as a result of the Railway Trade Unions strike launched from midnight yesterday based on a salary anomaly.

Although there are 376 train journeys daily, the total number of train journeys completed for the day was only 10.

Railway Transport Superintendent V. S. Polwaththage stated that the office railway service is still in operation today, serviced using officer-level personnel.

He also stated that one fuel train was operated today to the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katuunayake-Colombo.

However, the train drivers, OIC’s, controllers, supervising mangers including the Railway Trade Unions who are on strike stated that the government has not yet responded to their issue.

The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) has stated that additional buses have been deployed today for the convenience of commuters traveling to outstation areas during the weekend.

The leave of the Sri Lanka Transport Board employees has been canceled parallel to the railway strike.

The Chairman of the National Transport Commission Janaka Mallimarachchi said that the bus operators have been advised to override the time tables in order to meet the needs of the commuters.

In the meantime, the fast unto death campaign staged in front of the Fort Railway Station in Colombo parallel to the Satyagraha of the disabled soldiers is continuing.

Five disabled war heroes and four war heroes’ wives have joined the fast. The war hero who was admitted to ICU of the Colombo National Hospital yesterday in critical condition has been transferred to ward number 5 according to hospital reports.   

The President of the National Movement for the Protection of the Rights of War Heroes U.D. Wasantha states that they will continue their protest action until the government makes arrangements to pay their full salaries to their wives or a family relative after their death.

In the meantime, the Teacher - Principal strike action of calling in sick, which was launched yesterday, continues today.

According to the Hiru correspondent, as a result the attendance today remained at a very low level in many schools in the island.

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