Sri Lanka Railways trade unions to strike again on August 29

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka Railways trade unions say they will launch another strike from midnight of August 29th since no solutions to their salary issues resulted from the discussions with the authorities.

Trade union representatives representing Railway Drivers, Controllers, Regulators and Station Masters held a discussion with the President yesterday (23) on their salary issues.

The representatives of the Railway Trade Unions said the discussions with the President were not successful.

Therefore, the unions of Railway Drivers, Controllers, Regulators and Station Masters, who launched a strike earlier this month demanding to resolve their salary anomalies, will launch a strike from next Wednesday midnight.

The Railway Trade Union Alliance (RTUA) without a warning launched an island wide train strike on August 08 severely inconveniencing the commuters. They called off their strike on August 12 after a discussion held with President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Government after the train strike decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to remove the salary anomalies in public sector institutions, including the Railways Department.

The 15-member special salaries commission appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena will meet on next Monday (August 27) for the first time under the patronage of the President.

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