The Railway Station Masters Association has suspended the issuance of train tickets from midnight yesterday.
Chairman of the Association, Sumedha Somaratne said only reservations for intercity express trains will be made in future.
Somaratne said no positive response was received during the discussion held with the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways yesterday to inform of the current issues faced by Station Masters and several other matters.
He said the State Minister of Transport issued directives to the Railways General Manager to take immediate steps to resolve their issues during a discussion held two days ago.
He said however the General Manager did not provide alternative solutions to provide facilities to passengers or to resolve errors in the control system.
Somaratne said the Railway service has not returned to normal even though normalcy has returned across the country.
He said they cannot risk the lives of the public by only adding two special trains. Somaratne said they cannot issue tickets to the public without adequate space.
He said they will not issue tickets until a solution is provided.
Meanwhile, Station Masters reached a decision to refrain from accepting and transporting parcels from midnight on Wednesday, in protest of the arbitrary actions of the railway administration.
All station masters are planning to launch an indefinite strike at midnight on the 26th of December unless an acceptable solution is provided.
However, the General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways Dhammika Jayasundara said certain demands of station masters are unjust.
He charged that such a strike is detrimental to the daily routines of the public, adding the Station Masters received salaries from the government, but has ignored their service to the country.
Jayasundara commented that Station Masters are hampering steady revenues of the Sri Lanka Railways.
He pointed out that asking for paid duty leave for periods of strike was an unjust demand by the union, since they could strike for lengthy periods and would still be entitled to a salary.
He stressed that the SLR was not in favour of excluding those without a degree or Advanced Level from becoming a Station Master, but the Station Masters union was demanding it be revoked.