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Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 16:35
UPDATE : Video : Although strike is over, obstructions to running of office trains.
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The Train drivers’ union decided to temporarily suspend yesterday the train drivers’ strike held for four days.

This trade union action had been launched subsequent to agreements reached after a discussion held between the union representatives and the transport ministry secretary.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 8:25 AM
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Decisive discussion to settle railway strike commences.

Another round of discussion between the Engine Drivers Union and the Transport Ministry Secretary is currently being held at the Ministry of Transportation.

Railway Unions stated that a final decision will be taken during this meeting today.

The strike was launched 4 days ago by the Railway Engine Drivers Association in protest of the removal of its President from his ministry monitoring position.

However, addressing a media briefing this afternoon, Railway General Manager B.A.P.  Ariyarathna stated that the department did not experience any notable loss due to the strike.

The Engine Drivers Union told our news team this morning that they would meet the Minister, and a final decision was to be taken with regard to the strike later during the day.

Our news team contacted Union Secretary K.E. U. Konthasinghe at 11am today for a confirmation.

However Transport Ministry Secretary Dammika Perera told a media briefing held this afternoon that representatives of the Engine Drivers Union did not participate in the discussion.



UPDATE : Monday, 17 February 2014 - 6:51 PM
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95 percent railway transport operated; decisive discussion about the strike starts.

The decisive meeting with regard to the 4-day engine drivers railway strike is currently being held at the Transport Ministry.

Before his participation in the discussions, Railway Engine Drivers’ Association General Secretary K.E.U. Konthasinghe told our news team that he would hand over the Minister the proposals passed at his Union’s General Meeting held yesterday.

However Transport Minister Kumara Welgama expressing his views before the meeting told our news team that he was not ready to fulfill unfair demands.

Meanwhile the Train Control stated that 95 percent of trains were run this morning despite the railway engine drivers’ strike.

A Train Control spokesman said that 310 trains are run on a normal working day, and arrangement has been made to run the majority today


Monday, 17 February 2014 - 12:56 PM
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Decisive discussion about railway strike today: office trains as usual


A decisive discussion about the train strike is scheduled to be taken this forenoon.

This discussion between Transport Minister Kumara Welgama and train drivers’ union engaged in the strike is scheduled to be held at 11 a.m.

The train drivers’ union said the decision to continue or discontinue the strike would be taken according to the agreement reached at this discussion.

Meanwhile the Railway Control Room said that although the strike continued, steps had been taken to function the office trains today.  

The Railway Control Room said further that most probably other trains too would function.

UPDATE : Monday, 17 February 2014 - 8:15
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Discussions fail; Railway strike continues  Demands will not be met; says Transport Minister.

The discussion held today between engine drivers union and the secretary to the transport Ministry failed to reach an agreement.

Transport Minister Kumara Welgama states that he is not prepared to give in to the demands of engine drivers union.

However, another discussion is currently underway between engine drivers unions.

Secretary of the engine drivers union K E U Konthrathsinha stated that another discussion will be held tomorrow.



UPDATE : Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 6:57
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A special meeting of Engine drivers to take a decision on the strike

Engine drivers have commenced a special meeting to discuss about the ongoing trade union action.

Executive committee member of the Engine drivers union D L Parnavithana stated that a decision will be taken regarding the strike.

The strike commenced on Thursday evening by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union after the Transport Minister’s decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I. L. K. Dissanayaka from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry.

Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 1:10 PM
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150 train journeys out of 175 ready to run despite the strike; says Railway department

The Railway Control room stated that despite a strike initiated by 2 railway trade unions, 150 scheduled train journeys out of 175 will function.

The Railway Drivers Union states that the discussions regarding the strike initiated jointly by the two Railway Trade Unions against the removal of the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I. L. K. Dissanayaka from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry were unsuccessful.

Executive Committee Member of the Railway Drivers Union Indika Dodangoda stated that a decision was taken to continue with the strike as no solution to the issue was found during the discussions held at the Ministry and another discussion will be held today with the Ministry secretary.

Meanwhile, The Collective of Railway Trade Unions state that it will initiate a strike if the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I. L. K. Dissanayaka, who was removed from his Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry is given back his post.

Speaking to our news team secretary of the Collective of Railway Trade Unions Sampath Rajitha stated that the strike initiated by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union has been launched to protect one person.


Sunday, 16 February 2014 - 7:58 AM
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Signs of the train strike extending for 4 more days

The Railway Drivers Union states that the discussions regarding the strike initiated jointly by the two Railway Trade Unions against the removal of the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I. L. K. Dissanayaka from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry was unsuccessful.

Executive Committee Member of the Railway Drivers Union Indika Dodangoda stated that a decision was taken to continue with the strike as no solution to the issue was found during the discussions held at the Ministry.

Elaborating further he stated that a decision will be taken regarding a future course of action after the Railway Drivers Union convenes a special General Meeting next Tuesday.

The Collective of Railway Trade Unions state that it will initiate a strike if the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I. L. K. Dissanayaka, who was removed from his Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry is given back his post.

Speaking to our news team secretary of the Collective of Railway Trade Unions Sampath Rajitha stated that the strike initiated by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union has been launched to protect one person.

The Railways strike that was commenced jointly by the two Railway Trade Unions is still in place.

The strike was commenced on Thursday evening by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union after the Transport Minister’s decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union I. L. K. Dissanayaka from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry.

The Main Control room of the Department of Railways stated that it is expecting that more than 100 of the scheduled 175 train turns  will run today.

A spokesperson in the Department of Railways stated that more than 85 turns have been successful today thus far.

However, upon inquiry by our news team the secretary of the Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union Kamal Peiris stated that a decision will be taken regarding this strike after a discussion that will be held next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the secretary of the Technical Services Cooperation Association, Chandrasena Bandara stated that train services will be restored back to normal by Tomorrow.




UPDATE : Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 06:58 PM
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Department of Railways prepared to ensure that more than 100 train turns run


The Main Control room of the Department of Railways stated that it is expecting that more than 100 of the scheduled 175 train turns  will run today.

A spokesperson in the Department of Railways stated that more than 50 turns have been successful today thus far.

The strike was commenced day Thursday evening by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union after the Transport Minister’s decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Railways Department stated that retired train drivers were also recalled to service as a temporary solution to the train drivers strike which has hindered train services.

We also inquired from Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama regarding the issue and the Minister stated that the law will be enacted against those engaged in the strike.

Meanwhile, the secretary of the Technical Services Cooperation Association, Chandrasena Bandara stated that train services will be restored back to normal by Monday.

UPDATE : Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 13:10
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Railway drivers strike continues

The Railways strike that was commenced jointly by 2 Railway Trade Unions is still in place.

The strike was commenced day Thursday evening by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union after the Transport Minister’s decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Ministry.

The Railway Control Room stated several train journeys were disrupted today as well.

Meanwhile, the Railways Department says that retired train drivers will be recalled to service as a temporary solution to the train drivers strike which has hindered train services.

We also inquired from Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama regarding the issue and the Minister stated that the law will be enacted against those engaged in the strike.

UPDATE : Saturday, 15 February 2014 - 9:33
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Retired train drivers recalled as a solution to the strike; Law to be enacted strictly against those on strike: Transport Minister

The Railways strike that was commenced jointly by 2 Railway Trade Unions is still in place.

The strike was commenced last evening by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union after the Transport Minister’s decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Minister.

The Railway Control Room stated several train journeys were disrupted today.

However, Railways Superintendent L A R Ratnayake stated that long distance train services were fulfilled by deploying drivers who are not engaged in the strike.

Meanwhile, the Railways Department says that retired train drivers will be recalled to service as a temporary solution to the train drivers strike which has hindered train services.

We also inquired from Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama regarding the issue and the Minister stated that the law will be enacted against those engaged in the strike.

The transport minister had removed the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union following a request from the Railways Trade Unions Joint Federation.

As a result of this strike, public who were hoping to head towards their villages for the long weekend were severely inconvenienced.




UPDATE : Friday, 14 February 2014 - 07:12 PM
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Retired Train drivers recalled to service

The Railways Department says that retired train drivers will be recalled to service as a temporary solutions to the train drivers strike which has hindered train services.

A spokesperson stated that they would recruited on a temporary basis.

Accordingly retired Train drivers are requested to report to Maradana, Anuradhapura or Nawalapitiya.


UPDATE : Friday, 14 February 2014 - 03:02 PM
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28 train journeys disrupted today as well; Drivers still on strike


The Railways strike that was commenced jointly by 2 Railway Trade Unions is still in place.

The strike was commenced last evening by the Railway Drivers Union and Sri Lanka Railway Technicians Union after the Transport Minister’s decision to remove the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union from the Post of Supervisor to the Transport Minister.

The Railway Control Room stated that 28 train journeys were disrupted as at 12 noon today.

However, Railways Superintendent L A R Ratnayake stated that long distance train services were fulfilled by deploying drivers who are not engaged in the strike.

The transport minister had removed the Chairman of the Railway Drivers Union following a request from the Railways Trade Unions Joint Federation.

As a result of this strike, public who were hoping to head towards their villages for the long weekend were severely inconvenienced.

 
UPDATE : Friday, 14 February 2014 - 12:52
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Engine drivers strike continues; train journeys limited.

Railway Engine drivers have taken trade union action in protest of the removal of their Union chairman I.L.K Dissanayake from his post of monitoring officer of the Ministry of Transport.

26 Railway Trade Unions had requested the Minister to remove the Railway Engine Drivers Union Chairman from the Ministry position.

Railway Engine drivers union executive committee member D L Parnavithana stated that a special meeting will be held at 9 this morning with its members regarding future line of action.

A special meeting to that effect was held between representatives of the 26 trade unions and the minister yesterday and later, the minister agreed to remove the union chairman from the current position with immediate effect.

UPDATE : Friday, 14 February 2014 - 8:21
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Railway engineers launch a strike in protest of removing union Chairmen

Railway Engine drivers have taken trade union action in protest of the removal of their Union chairman I.L.K Dissanayake from his post of monitoring officer of the Ministry of Transport.

However Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said that necessary steps have been taken to run the scheduled trains as usual.

26 Railway Trade Unions had requested the Minister to remove the Railway Engine Drivers Union Chairman from the Ministry position.

A special meeting to that effect was held between representatives of the 26 trade unions and the minister this morning and, later, the minister agreed to remove the union chairman from the current position with immediate effect.

However the Railway Services Trade Union Federation co-convener Rajitha Sampath said that the engine drivers strike was unfair.

Meanwhile Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said that he removed the union chairman from the monitoring post in the Ministry under the powers vested in him.

 

UPDATE: Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 06:56 PM
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Engine drivers launch wild-cat strike


Railway Engine drivers have taken trade union actions in protest of the removal of their Union chairman I.L.K Dissanayake from his post of observation officer of the Ministry of Transports.

Engine Drivers Union Executive Committee member Indika Dodangoda told our news team that scheduled trains will not run with effect from 4pm this afternoon due to the strike.
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