In a significant development, employees of privately-owned buses operating on routes 170 (Athurugiriya-Pettah) and 190 (Meegoda-Pettah) have commenced a token strike today. The strike comes as a result of a recent incident that escalated tensions between bus drivers and the police, according to reliable sources.
Commuters relying on private buses along these two routes were left stranded as the buses remained non-operational for the day. The sudden strike took many passengers by surprise, leading to inconvenience and delays in their daily commute.
The catalyst for the token strike was an altercation between bus drivers and the police, although specific details surrounding the incident remain unclear. Witnesses reported a heated exchange between the two parties, which quickly escalated, prompting the bus employees to take this industrial action in protest.
The strike action has been organized as a token strike, which means that bus services on these routes are temporarily disrupted but are expected to resume normal operations soon. Token strikes are often used as a means of demonstrating dissatisfaction and drawing attention to specific grievances without causing long-term disruption to public transportation.