Railway workers strike over Ministry pressure on GMR | Daily News


Railway workers strike over Ministry pressure on GMR

Railway trade unions were due to strike from midnight yesterday in protest against pressures on the Railways management by certain Transport Ministry officials to reinstate a shunting driver interdicted for being drunk while on duty.

 Meanwhile, the General Manager Railways Dilantha Vithanage has announced his resignation over the undue pressures from the Ministry. Ministry officials said they had yet to receive his resignation letter. All Ceylon Railway Union Co-convener, S.P.Vithanage said the interdicted shunting driver was found on a train under the influence of alcohol on May 28. He said it was then revealed that certain Transport Ministry officials had pressured the GMR to reinstate the interdicted driver as he is alleged to be a close friend of a high ranking Transport Ministry official.

Unions Co-convenor Vithanage said all railway trade unions had decided to strike to protest against the pressure on the GMR from midnight if the Ministry was unable to take a decision by 6.pm. last evening. He also said that the final decision with regard to the continuation of the on-going Railways strike over salary anomalies will be made shortly.


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