Station Masters call off strike

By Eunice Ruth | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 15 2022
News Station Masters call off strike

By Eunice Ruth

In a dramatic turn of events, the Station Masters launched another strike on Friday (14) without warning within 24 hours of their previous token strike which commenced on Wednesday at midnight (12), but returned to duty within a few hours with the reinstatement of the Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union (SLSMU) Vice Chairman. 

The strike on Friday (14), was launched after the Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Union was interdicted, said the General Secretary of the union Kasun Chamara. 

Station Masters called off the 24-hour token strike they had launched on 12 January midnight and recommenced it within a short period. The major reason for the strike is that they had several issues including the cancellation of long-distance trains without prior notice, improper administration of railway staff, and not implementing the directives of the State Minister of Transport. 

Due to the strike, train services were disrupted and it was reported that several trains were stopped in the middle of journeys and passengers including tourists were greatly inconvenienced . The public has raised their voice against the irresponsible behaviour of the Station Masters and they said, if they really want to achieve their goals, they need to find a way to protest against the Government without troubling the public. They also said prior notice of a strike would help the public, and allow them to arrange alternate transport to get to their destination.

 Some people said they booked tickets one month in advance to Sri Pada, however, after the launch of the strike, they were unable to go and they were not aware whether the station will refund the money.

 Meanwhile, it was reported that passengers who waited for extended periods at the Gelioya Railway Station had slammed the Railway Department and claimed officials were hiding inside offices. According to a video circulated on Facebook, when people questioned an official regarding when the strike will end, he said he was unaware and refrained from commenting.

By Eunice Ruth | Published: 2:00 AM Jan 15 2022

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