Private bus operators to strike from midnight today; some to defy

The Private Bus Owners’ Association last night vowed to go ahead with an islandwide bus strike from midnight today demanding a higher bus fare increase than what has been proposed by the government.
Private Bus Owners’ Association president Gemunu Wijeratne said officials of the Association were due to meet in the morning today to discuss the details of the strike.

A meeting that was scheduled to be held between representatives of the association and Transport Ministry officials did not take place yesterday. The government has proposed an increase of 7.5% on the current bus fare while the Private Bus Owners’ Association demands an increase of 12.5%

Despite the threat to go ahead with the strike, the Sunday Times learns some sections of the private bus operators have decided to defy the call because the government was making fresh efforts to prevent a strike that would cripple transport services.

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