VIDEO: Railway trade unions refuse talks; strike to continue as planned
July 8, 2013 03:08 pm
Railway Trade Unions refused to accept an invitation from authorities to hold talks and instead decided to continue its strike action.
Convener of the Joint Trade Union Alliance for Railway Employees, Janaka Fernando stated that the union decided to take this decision as the Presidentís Secretary had requested them to halt their strike action and enter into discussions with the authorities this evening.
The trade unions have warned that they will continue the strike which resulted in many commuters being stranded this morning.
Railway Professional Trade Unions decided to launch a 48 hour strike from midnight July 07, based on several demands including a wage hike.
A total of 11 trade unions attached to the Railways Professional Trade Union Alliance are reported to be involved in the strike action.
Discussion held with relevant authorities for over 3 hours were futile as it failed to provide solutions to their grievances, said the convener of the Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) of railway employees, Janaka Fernando.