The private bus strike launched this morning along a number of routes was concluded a short while ago.
Buses plying the route numbers, 138, 190, 170, 125 and 122 and all connected routes and all buses plying the High Level road and its associated routes initiated this strike in protest of an illegal route permit being issued.
The bus associations and the minister of transport in the Western Province engaged in discussions today and although the All Island Private Bus Owners Federation subsequently stated that the strike was called off, the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association refrained from making such a statement.
The Lanka Private Bus Owners Association engaged in discussions with the minister of transport in the Western Province again in the afternoon.
Speaking to our news team the chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gemunu Wijeratne stated that the strike was concluded following solutions granted subsequent to the meeting.
Our news correspondents stated that a majority of the buses travelling on the High Level road are still not operating and that they believe that the transportation activities along the High Level road will resume as normal from tomorrow.
Meanwhile the All Island Private Bus Workers’ Association had convened a press conference today in Colombo.
Speaking at the press conference, the secretary of the association, Upul Premasiri, stated that they will not wear uniforms from midnight of the 30th of this month unless their demands are met.