Railway trade unions say they vehemently oppose the proposal to reduce employees’ overtime allowances.
Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama yesterday said if rail fares are not increased in line with the recent fuel hike, then authorities will be compelled to slash overtime allowances of employees.
Speaking to NewsRadio, President of the All Ceylon Railway Employees General Union SP Vithanage said Sri Lanka Railways is able to function only since employees are committed to work overtime.
He said several services including renovation and maintenance of rail tracks, compartments and engines are conducted during after hours.
SP Vithanage said considering the workload of the current staff owing to the failure of authorities to fill vacancies, employees should in fact receive a bigger allowance than what they receive at present.
He said they are also eager to work eight hours daily and leave home to spend time with their families.
Vithanage said however some employees work three to four day consecutively to ensure that the railway service functions smoothly.
He said in that backdrop, if their overtime allowances are slashed, then they will be compelled to take certain actions.