Hundreds stranded as train operators go on strike in Sri Lanka

BY APD NEWSOct 12,2017 at 17:18

By APD writer Easwaran

COLOMBO, Oct. 12 (APD) -- Hundreds of passengers were stranded on Thursday as train operators in Sri Lanka launched an unannounced strike.

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the railway unions had launched a strike without giving prior notice.

He said that the actions of the railway unions had resulted in hundreds of passengers being stranded on Wednesday night and on Thursday.

The Minister noted that some of the demands made by the unions were unacceptable.

He said that the Police and Attorney General (AG) had been urged to look at taking legal action against the unions engaged in the strike.

A tense situation arose at Colombo's main railway station on Wednesday evening after train services were cancelled as a result of a sudden strike.

Stranded passengers vented their anger at the railway authorities following the cancellation of train services.

The strike was launched by engine drivers and rail guards.

Special Police teams were deployed to the railway station to bring the situation under control.

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

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