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Railway strike ends

The indefinite strike launched by railway trade unions for nearly two weeks was called off yesterday after a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena.

Representatives of railway trade unions met President Sirisena for a discussion at the President’s House yesterday morning.

“During the meeting President pointed out it is the duty of the professionals to exercise their labour rights without hampering the day-to-day life of the general public,” the President’s Media Division reported.

While requesting the trade union activists to call off their strike, the President said that he will intervene to resolve the issues faced by the railway employees.

“President Sirisena emphasized the importance of resorting to negotiations to find solutions to any matter,” the PMD media release further stated.

A member from one of the railway trade unions said that, their representatives had met the relevant government officials yesterday itself and sorted out salary related matters.

The Railways trade unions launched the strike on September 25 over salary issues.

As an amicable settlement was not found following discussions earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena on October 3 issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification proclaiming the railway service as an essential service from October 3.

State Minister of Transport Ashok Abeysinghe earlier said that after declaring the Railways as an essential service, if workers do not report to work without informing, the Railways General Manager has powers to consider them as having vacated their posts.

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Railway strike ends (17:28)

The indefinite strike launched by railway trade unions for nearly two weeks was called off today after a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena.

Representatives of railway trade unions met President Sirisena for a discussion at the President’s House this morning.

During the meeting President pointed out it is the duty of the professionals to exercise their labour without hampering the day-to-day life of the general public, the president’s media division said.


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