Over 200 train journeys disrupted

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 14 2022
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By Thameenah Razeek

General Manager of Railways (GMR), Dhammika Jayasundara, said more than 200 train journeys have been disrupted as a result of the Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union’s (SLSMU) token strike that was launched without warning. 

However, approximately, 80 trains operated yesterday (13). Many train passengers have been inconvenienced as a result of the station masters’ abrupt decision. Due to the token strike, pilgrims who had booked tickets for the Sri Pada pilgrimage have been greatly inconvenienced.

SLSMU General Secretary, Kasun Chamara, said trade union action is based on many issues, including the abrupt cancellation of long-distance train journeys. 

“Train journeys have been cancelled a few hours before their scheduled departure time, after seats are reserved. This is something the administration is doing on purpose. We suspect that the GMR is aware of this,” he said.

“The Railways Department has failed to resume long-distance train services according to the timetable, due to a shortage of Engine Driver Assistants. Such administrative issues should be resolved expeditiously, as passengers are inconvenienced as a result,” he added.

“So far, the Railways Department has failed to resume long-distance train services that had been suspended. The truth about this problem, which was attributed to the pandemic, is finally coming to light. Passenger complaints are piling up as a result of the abrupt cancellation of long-distance train services. Passenger concerns are justified,” he further said.

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 14 2022

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