Railways, bus operators join hartal


Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU) will join the islandwide hartal carried out by all government and private sector institutions against the Government’s inability to maintain political and economic stability. SLRSMU said, it will withdraw from duties from 12 a.m. today (6).

General Secretary of the Station Masters Association (SLRSMU), Kasun Chamara said they are joining the hartal and will  not engage in any duties.

SLRSMU said the present youth and progressive public are protesting on the streets and demanding the administrative structure of the country to be made more transparent through auditing and said that this was fair and was a wake-up call for the administration.

Meanwhile, Private Bus Associations have also decided to join the hartal organised by trade unions today (6).

Lanka Private Bus Owners Association (LPBOA) Chairman, Gemunu Wijeratne said though they didn’t want to burden the public, they were compelled to join today’s hartal due to the diesel shortage and were burdened enough by the action of politicians.

Wijeratne confirmed that LPBOA hasn’t discussed whether they will continue to strike even after the Friday hartal.

He added that they were informed that a diesel shipment will reach the country only by 12 May, and that they might continue to strike until they get enough diesel to continue bus services without a hindrance.

By Nabiya Vaffoor and By Kanchana Kolagolla