Railway trade unions have decided to call off the scheduled strike following the discussions with the Prime Minister. – 09:32 PM – 2020/03/05
Sri Lanka Railway Locomotive Drivers are planning to launch a 24-hour strike action from midnight 5th to midnight 6th, March against Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s statement which implies the connection between train delays and locomotive drivers transporting drugs on trains.
“One of the key complaints raised by public servants who are travelling on the train is that trips are being slowed down, that trains are always late. The government has deployed railway security officers into the trains as we looked into this. They are placed for the security of the passengers. The train drivers are opposed to this.” Minister Wimal Weerawansa speaking at Colombo National Forum of Entrepreneurs (2020/03/03) – LNW
Indika Dodangoda – Secretary of the Railway Engine Driver’s Association said members of their trade unions are facing many personal problems following the statement made by the minister. Further, he added railway carriages are unsafe and there is plenty of room for such illegal activities. So they are planning to launch a strike until relevant authorities put security actions in place against this. – NEWS1st