Railway strike called off
October 12, 2017 06:34 pm
Railway trade unions have decided to call off their strike after discussions with the Presidential Secretary Mr Austin Fernando on the instructions of President.
Railway trade unions staged a protest yesterday evening (11) as government officials failed to respond to their demands.
All trains starting from Colombo Fort and Maradana were cancelled due to the strike leading to a disruption in train services from Colombo.
A tense situation was also reported at the Fort Railway Station as commuters vented their anger in protest over the sudden cancellation and train delays.
They had reportedly caused damages to property at the train station and also stormed the office of the officer in charge of the station.
According to reports, police teams were deployed to Fort and Maradana railway station to maintain order.
Accordingly the Deputy Minister stated that all Railway Department personnel will be granted a period of one hour to halt the current protest and return to their posts. He further stated that the Railway service will be deemed as an essential service should the protests continue beyond the specified one hour time period.