Island wide train strike suspended

The island wide train strike which was to be launched at midnight tonight has been suspended, railway trade unions said.
Convener of the Joint Trade Union Alliance (JTUA) of Sri Lanka Railways Employees, Janaka Fernando told the Colombo Gazette that the strike was suspended after the Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunga decided to meet the trade unions tomorrow to discuss their concerns.
Fernando said that the next step with regards to the strike will be taken based on the outcome of the discussions.
Railway employees were to launch the strike over salary anomalies. Fernando had said that that the salaries of the railway employees had not been increased in many years.
Over 3,000 railway workers including drivers, foremen, station masters, railway guards and signal controllers were to take part in the strike. (Colombo Gazette)