Friday, December 8, 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena Had Signed A Special Gazette Notification By Declaring Train Service An Essential Service

President Maithripala Sirisena had signed a special
Gazette notification last night (08) to declare Train service an essential service with effect from this morning (09).

The Gazette notification had sent to the Government Printer already it has been announced.

President has decided to declare the  Train service an essential service due to the ongoing island wide continuous strike action of Train drivers,Station Masters and Train Guards which have paralyzed the Train services of the country.

A large number of long distance and office trains had been cancelled since the launching of the strike which caused enormous difficulties to the commuters.

The talks held between Railway trade unions and Transport Ministry authorities as well as with Presidential Secretary Austin Fernando had  failed and due to this situation the Railway trade unions have  decided to continue the strike.

Train drivers had launched the strike on midnight last Wednesday (06) against the government's mechanism of recruiting the assistant Train drivers to the Railway department and Station Masters and Train Guards joined the strike from Wednesday .

The Railway Trade Unions are due to meet today to discuss on their future action it has been reported.

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