Friday, 10 October 2014 - 13:59
The strike cripples train services today as well: Trade unions in a decisive discussion.
After the negotiations with the authorities failed yesterday, the members of the Railway Graded Officers Trade Union Federation are discussing in a special meeting at this moment whether they would continue the ongoing strike.
The strike launched by 2500 railway workers including railway guards, engine drivers, station masters, operators and observation managers from 13 different grades has been continuing for the second day today.
Federation representatives had negotiations with Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera yesterday in order to settle their demands.
Although the authorities just promised to give a solution, the executive committee of the Federation decided later to continue the strike saying a promised solution cannot be accepted.
Railway authorities were able to run only 40 turns out of the average 400 daily turns this morning as well.
Meanwhile Railway Transport Superintendent L.M.R. Rathnayake said the week end train services will be crippled if the strike is not called off.
However, the Locomotive Engineers Union is not involved in the strike.
They stated that even though they approve the workers’ demands, they do not agree to a strike
Meanwhile, the national opening ceremony of the Jaffna Railway Station will be held on the 13th of this month.
The railway authorities express their concern saying that if the strike continues, it might disrupt the operation of the special train which is due to set off from Colombo.
A special meeting led by the Railway General Manager at the Railway Headquarters will be held this afternoon to discuss the measures required to be taken under such circumstances.