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Railway workers postpone strike till noon today

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 President appointed a Committee to solve the issue. The Committee recommended that salaries be increased. The Committee recommendations were presented to the Cabinet of Ministers. The Cabinet without approving it directed it to the National Salaries and Cadre Commission. This Commission didn’t want to give us the salary increase. That’s why we decided to launch this trade union action,” Peiris said.

“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.

(Ceylon Today)

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