Private bus owners threaten strike
By Shiran Ranasinghe
President of the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) Gemunu Wijeratne has requested the Government to provide six months’ lease payment relief at the previous rate of interest and a 50 per cent diesel subsidy without delay, to compensate for having to transport passengers according to only the number of seats and inability to run buses in areas where curfew is in force.
At a joint Media briefing organised by the Inter-Provincial Bus Owners’ Association, All Ceylon Bus Owners’ Association and the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association, it was emphasised that if no relief is granted, they would have to cease running private buses from 9 November and engage in strike action.
Wijeratne also said that bus owners have become destitute without any income and are unable to pay lease instalments and have no way of maintaining their buses.
He further stated that as soon as the GCE (Advanced Level) examination is concluded, they will be compelled to strike unless the Government meets their demands.