The Sri Lanka Railways Station Masters’ Union says it will continue its trade union action and refrain from issuing train tickets despite holding talks with the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport today.
Station Masters launched a strike from midnight yesterday and suspended the issuance of train tickets, over concerns related to promotions and signalling systems.
Station Masters also reached a decision to refrain from accepting and transporting parcels from midnight on Wednesday.
Chairman of the Railway Station Masters’ Association Sumedha Somaratne said they did not receive favourable solutions to their concerns and therefore will continue to refrain from issuing tickets.
He also confirmed that workers of the Ganemulla Railway Station were assaulted today.
Somaratne said if it was confirmed that the assault was an attempt to threaten the employees who are staging the trade union action, then they will not hesitate to withdraw from all services.
He said they held discussion with the Secretary, General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways other heads along with representatives of station masters and other employees.
Somaratne said although the Secretary of the Transport Ministry was willing to take certain decisions, the administration of the Railway Department did not consent to it.
He said therefore they will continue their trade action while they will withdraw from services at midnight on the 26th of December.