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Railway strike disrupts services: Over 20 trains cancelled Today

June 10, Colombo (LNW): At least 20 commuter train services were suspended today as a result of the ongoing strike initiated by the Sri Lanka Railway Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union, said the Railway Department.

Furthermore, it has been reported that over 50 scheduled train services were cancelled yesterday (09) due to the sustained strike action.

The trade union protest led by the Locomotive Operating Engineers’ Union is currently in its fourth consecutive day today (10).

This industrial action, commencing at midnight on Thursday (June 06), is rooted in several key grievances, including the resolution of delays in the promotion process for second-class locomotive drivers, recruitment delays, and various other concerns.

It has been noted that only locomotive drivers from two out of the five operational depots have thus far participated in the strike, resulting in the suspension of power set train operations.

In addition, the Secretary of the union, S.R.C.M. Senanayake, cautioned yesterday that should the authorities fail to address their demands, they would escalate their industrial action.

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