The Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union and railway guards’ unions called off their 24-hour token strike this afternoon (March 18).
According to Indika Dodangoda, Secretary of the Locomotive Engineering Operators’ Union (LEOU), the decision was reached after a discussion with Minister of Transport Gamini Lokuge.
Railway unions went on a token strike at midnight yesterday (March 17) to protest a number of requests, including the government’s decision to recover damages from railway workers for technical failures that occur during train operations.
The Department of Railways, on the other hand, took measures to run some office trains using non-striking employees.
According to reports, 5 office trains on the Main Line and 4 office trains on the Coastal Line will operate. The Department of Railways also took steps to run two office trains on each of the other railway lines.