Railway stations across the country were deserted this morning (4) due to the strike launched by railway trade unions from midnight yesterday, without giving prior notice.
The Railway Department said that none of the office trains operated this morning as the trade union action continues, bringing train services to a complete halt island-wide.
The railway trade union decided to resort to union action due to the failure by relevant authorities to take disciplinary action against a drunk employee.
They claim that the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport had exerted influence on the Railways General Manager to reinstate the employee in question, who has been suspended.
However, office employees have been affected the most by the strike action as no trains had operated this morning leaving commuters stranded and looking for other modes of transport.
July 4, 2019