The Railway Trade Unions announced that the strike which was set to be launched at midnight yesterday (8), has been postponed to 12 noon today (9) This strike was to be launched over unmet demands pertaining to salary anomalies.
However, the General Secretary of the Ceylon Railway Guards’ Union P.M.C. Peiris told Ceylon Today that Minister Sarath Amunugama and Deputy Minister of Transport Ashok Abeysinghe had informed them that their demands would be presented to the Cabinet and approved today.
“We will postpone the trade union action until 12 noon today, but if our demands are not met, we will launch the strike. There is a salary disparity. This has been there for months.
“The Government has failed to solve this issue for months. We will continue the struggle until they agree to rectify all the disparities. It’s not just the Railway Guards, but the unions representing the Locomotive Drivers, Station Masters and the Railway Controllers will also be joining us in this strike,” Peiris explained.