Railway and Private Bus strike tonight is confirmed; says trade unions


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Railway and private bus trade unions reiterate that the proposed strike will be held definitely with effect from midnight today.

The Bus Associations stated that the authorities have not offered any discussion with regard to the proposed strike as yet.

The strike has been organized against the recent increase in road traffic fine up to 25 thousand rupees by the government.

Trade unions of All Ceylon Private Bus Workers, Inter Provincial Bus Owners and Southern Provincial Private Bus companies will join the proposed strike.

Meanwhile, SLTB chairman Ramal Siriwardana said that measures have been taken to effectively face the strike organized by private bus operators.

A fine of 25 thousand rupees was introduced for 7 road offences during a recent meeting held at the Finance Ministry.

They are; Drunk driving, driving with an invalid license, driving without possessing insurance, entry to railway crossing disregarding signals, speeding, allowing a person without a valid license to drive and overtaking another vehicle from the left.

A special discussion between Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and representatives of 30 railway trade unions is currently being held.

These railway trade unions have also planned to launch a strike with effect from midnight today on four issues including the cancellation of pension.

Railway Services Combine Trade Union Front Sampath Rajitha said that the president has invited representatives of Private bus, three wheelers and railway trade unions for a discussion with regard to the proposed strike tonight.

He said that a final decision about the proposed strike will be announced after the discussion with the President which is scheduled at 2 pm today.

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