Move to inconvenience commuters - Sri Lanka Railways, GM
The decision taken by a section of a Railway Trade Union to boycott
duties on public holidays and Sundays is a move to inconvenience and
harass innocent commuters, says General Manager of the Sri Lanka
Railways Dr. Lalithasiri Gunaruwan.
Addressing a Press Conference in Colombo yesterday, Dr. Gunaruwan
said that the Department operated 80 trains last Saturday and another 90
on Sunday as usual keeping to the scheduled timetable though several
drivers failed to report for duties.
A certain Railway Trade Union has commenced its trade union action on
the grounds of various defects and shortcomings of the carriages
imported from China and also the railway signal system. He said any
trade union has a right to engage in union action and the Authority
would not curb their actions in keeping with the policy of the
"It is obvious that they have a hidden objective to sabotage the
train service. "But one trade union which is under this trade union is
not engaged in the TU action and this is to be commended".
"The Public Service Commission will take disciplinary action against
those responsible parties in connection with the train collision that
occurred in Ganemulla last September," he stressed.