Striking unions back on duty today

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The striking unions of the Health Services would resume normal duties today (12) owing to current crisis situation in the country.  Joint Convener for the Coalition of Health Service Trade Unions of the Trade Union Coordinating Centre, Saman Ratnapriya said.

Ratnapriya, when contacted yesterday (11), said they had not lost sight of the main demand for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to step down. However, with the government resigning and the current anarchy in the country, trade unions took a decision to resume normal duties from today (12). “The fall of normal services would only lead to more chaos and we cannot leave room for that,” he said. 

Ratnapriya noted that they would also stage a massive protest in Colombo  tomorrow (13) during which the unions would demand the resignation of President Rajapaksa while demanding the Opposition form an Interim Government to give it leadership at this critical time. It is time that the Opposition stopped shirking its duty by the country and prevented a state of anarchy, the Joint Convener for Coalition of Health Service Trade Unions said.   

Coalition of Railway Trade union called off their strike at 12 midnight yesterday (11).

Internal sources said that even though they called off the strike the time table will not be followed as usual and by tomorrow it will resume normal services as they have planned.

He also mentioned that most Trade Unions are to call off the strike as they cannot continue. Sources also alleged that some of the authorities of the incumbent government want to continue the strike.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne and Kanchana Kolagolla