Bus unions officially not on strike

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There is no common agreement between bus trade unions regarding whether to join the massive strike action today (28) against the Government.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, yesterday (27) Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) Chairman Gemunu Wijeratne noted they will not join the protest organised mainly by public sector trade unions.

“We the private sector won’t get paid if we strike, but the public sector will. Even they are part of this economic crisis; our country has 50 per cent excessive public sector staff and they were all paid during the pandemic even without working. The Government has excessively printed money during the pandemic to pay the public sector staff,” alleged Wijeratne.

He further said that the private sector will separately hold a protest against the Government.

In the meantime, the All Ceylon Private Bus Owners Association (ACPBOA) Anjana Priyanjith noted it’s up to the bus owners to determine whether to participate in the protest or not.

The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) Operational Manager noted that they have not been informed about the trade union action and have no intention of joining the protest.

By Nabiya Vaffoor