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Strike off, trains on track today

The strike launched by railway trade unions was called off on an assurance that Minister Arjuna Ranatunga would pay heed to their demands during a discussion held at the Ministry last evening.

Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said thousands of travelling public had to undergo suffering due to the sudden trade union action launched by railway unions without prior notice.

“I am always trying to provide a better service to the public.I am always trying to provide solutions for the fair requests made by trade unions. But sometimes it take some time to provide solutions for certain issues. So the trade unions should understand this,” the Minister said. The strike was carried out to protest a decision to reinstate an employee, who had been suspended for drunkenness on duty. The Railways General Manager who wanted to resign over this issue has agreed to continue in his post. Minister Ranatunga said the investigation launched into this incident will be continued and will take necessary action without making harm to any party.

During the discussion railway trade unions also demanded to revise the decision taken by the government to make the Railways an essential service and under Emergency regulations.

Ranatunga said the decision to make the Railways an essential service had been taken only to provide a better service to the public and not to harm railway workers. “If the trade unions desist from striking, there is no need to make the Railways an essential service.” the Minister said.

Railway strike called off [Time 16.53]

The railway strike was called off by the trade unions following discussion held with the Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga and State Minister Ashoka Abeysinghe today.

Railway trade unions said that they have decided to call off the strike.

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