The Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Association has threatened to withdraw from several services including the issuance of entry tickets, since authorities have continued to ignore their demands.
Speaking to NewsRadio, Treasurer of the Association Udayanga Jayasekera said without inconveniencing the commuters they are engaged in a trade union struggle for more than 30 days.
He noted however, if authorities are unwilling to meet their demands, then they will be compelled to stage an indefinite strike from the 26th of December.
Udayanga Jayasekera said as a mark of protest they are not sending monthly statements from stations across the country.
He said station masters of 60 main stations are expected to withdraw from services under the first stage of the strike.
Udayanga Jayasekera noted if authorities continue to ignore their requests then they will not transport parcels adding they will intensify the union action by stop issuing entry tickets, if no solution is provided.
Udayanga Jayasekera said necessary decisions will be taken when the committee meets for talks today.
He noted 90 percent of Railway staff have not received necessary promotions.
Jayasekera said promotions are given once every five years adding however those in grade three have been on the same level despite completing five years.
The Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Association also noted only two officers are in level two at present since promotions have not been ratified.
He added the Railway Department does not have a recruitment protocol or a mechanism to categorise staff members.
Udayanga Jayasekera added the Department only listens to their concerns if employees go on strike.