Minister Ranatunga on Railway strike

5 July 2019 - 53   - 0

Railway unions yesterday called off their strike immediately after Transport Minister Arjuna Ranatunga had agreed to take disciplinary action against an errant UNP trade union leader and also reinstate General Manager Railways Dilantha Fernando.

Railway unions launched an indefinite strike at midnight Wednesday (3) against Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary L.G. Jayampathy’s refusal to interdict trade union leader Chandrasena Bandara on recommendations made by the General Manager Railways. 

Bandara had allegedly been found drunk on May 28 while on duty. Subsequently, Fernando handed over his letter of resignation to Jayampathy, saying that he couldn’t serve unless the errant worker was appropriately dealt with.

Minister Ranatunga yesterday called a media briefing yesterday (June 4) 


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