Jan 24, 2018

Signs of railway strike this evening

The railway drivers had commenced union action from midnight yesterday based on several demands.

According to the President of the Railway Drivers Association Indika Dodangoda, among the demands are the non-recruitment of train drivers and the cutting of overtime.

However, the Railways General Manager Mahanama Abeywickrema said he had not been notified of such a strike and in the event a strike is launched, they were prepared to face such a situation.

Meanwhile, due to the strike by certain railway drivers unions, several train commutes had to be cancelled.

The railway control room stated that as a result two commutes of the office train service and the express train service had to be cancelled.

Among the train services that were cancelled are the train from Chilaw to Colombo, Mount Lavinia to Kankasanthurai and the train service from Colombo to Batticaloa.