Train drivers to work to rule


By Thameenah Razeek

The Railway Locomotive Drivers’ Association decided to work to rule from midnight yesterday (29).

Evening train services will be limited as a result of this action. 

 Union’s secretary, Indika Dodangoda, said the action is a protest against the Cabinet’s decision to arbitrarily revise train fares on 28 March.

“Over the last few days, we have seen an attempt to arbitrarily raise train ticket fares. We specifically proposed a programme that will reduce losses while not hiking train fares.

The Railway Department authorities are trying to inconvenience commuters. With the country’s economic crisis, a large number of people were commuting by train,” he said.

Dodangoda said, the decision to increase ticket prices was taken to limit passengers because trains could not meet the current demand.

“We are not working overtime at all. Trains will operate in the morning. There will be no trains in the evening. We advise passengers to be aware of this,” he said.