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Railways Dept. files police complaint against rail unions strike

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By ITN News Editor June 28, 2019 18:55

Railways Dept. files police complaint against rail unions strike

The Railways Department has filed a case against the strike action mooted by the trade Unions of the Department despite the railway service been declared an essential service. General Manager Railways Dilantha Fernando has lodged a complaint with the Colombo Fort Police for causing difficulties to the public staging the strike.
The Railways General Manager pointed out that this complaint was being lodged base on the Gazette Notification issued declaring the Railway an essential service with the aim of ending the difficulties faced by the commuters according to an intimation made that a Railways Trade Union was engaged in a work stoppage.
Meanwhile President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gemunu Wijeratne said that they were deploying sufficient buses throughout the island until the railway strike was operative.
He said that although there was a railway strike today, buses continue to meet the transport needs of the public. If a request was made by the National Transport Commission or the Provincial Council Authority, they are prepared to respond to the call at any time. They were ready at any time to deploy additional buses specially on roads in areas such as Colombo and Gampaha. He also they are always prepared to deploy additional buses as 2500 are removed based on the vacancies in the time schedules. As such they are in a position to operate all these 2500 buses. He added that they are in a position to serve the entire country even if the strike lasted for six months.
Following the train strike mooted by Locomotive Drivers, Railway Guards, Station Masters and Controllers not a single train operated today on the northern main rail track across the Anuradhapura Railway Station.
The Intercity express train which left for Vavuniya from the Colombo Fort Railway Station last evening was halted at the Anuradhapura Railway Station and the passengers transferred to the Rajarata Regina train. Due to this situation a large number of commuters returning home ending their work suffered serious encumbrances.
The strike also caused obstructions to the train which operated from Batticaloa to Colombo as a result of the strike. Many passengers were seen embroiled in serious difficulties due to the non-operation of the long distance and short distance service in between all the Railway Stations. However, no obstructions were caused to the Hatton Colombo Mail Service due to the train strike. One of the officials said that letters and parcels were distributed from the Postal Department vehicles from Colombo Fort to the Hatton Post Office.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 28, 2019 18:55