Railway strike in the offing
Sri Lankan Daily Mirror: May 13, 2008
By: Kassapa Ellepola
A railway strike is in the offing in Sri Lanka, The Organization for Protection of the Properties and the Rights of Railway Employees (OPPRRE) warned it would seek the support of engine drivers to curtail operations if its demands were not met.
OPPRRE said that it had already decided to go on strike from tomorrow claiming there was no other option to the problems faced by the employees of the sector. OPPRRE added that the strike will be extended if the problems were not resolved.
Among the demands of OPPRRE is a solution to the 2006 circular issued regarding payments, travel expenses, over-time payments, permanent jobs for gate keepers who had served for over 18 years and other incentives and other incentives.“There are over 5,000 employees who had not been given fixed working hours and the authorities had failed to conduct proper management systems the union charged. The Minister in charge had lost the opportunity to settle the problem because he himself had cancelled the two dates that were scheduled for meetings,” OPPRRE convener Sumathipala Manavadu said.