The railway workers have started a strike with immediate effect. It is reported that the employees belonging to several sectors including locomotive drivers and train controllers are joining the strike.
Railway employees say that although the railway service is running as an essential service, they are not provided with fuel to report for duty. This strike has started in protest.
Due to the lack of fuel, a significant number of railway workers did not report to work today and because of this, it was decided to suspend more than 20 train rides.
Meanwhile, a heated situation arose at the Colombo Fort Railway Station today due to non-operation of trains. A large number of passengers arrived at the station but due to the lack of trains for them to travel, the people behaved in a provocative manner and protested to the railway authorities.