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Friday, 07 December 2012 - 19:14
Only 32 out of the scheduled 355 trains operated today
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The token strike launched together by several railway trade unions is still on going.

The strike which began at 12 midnight was initiated based on several demands including the increasing of salary grades.

Due to the strike, 323 out of the 355 scheduled trains had to be cancelled and the 32 trains that were in operation were operated with the assistance of train inspectors.

Speaking to our news team the chairman of the train controllers association, Lal Surendra Ariyaratne stated that the strike is being carried out successfully.

Our news team inquired from the Superintendent of Railways Operations L. A. R. Rathnayaka regarding the effects of the strike on railway activities.

However, the subject minister Kumara Welgama stated that the strike initiated by the railway trade unions is unfair.

However, 750 additional buses have been deployed by the National Transport Commission to ease the discomfort of the passengers inconvenienced by the railway strike.

Speaking to our news team, the chairman of the NTC Roshan Gunawardena stated that extra buses were deployed to districts such as Galle, Matara, Kandy and Anuradhapura.

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