Aug 09, 2018

Bus strike on the cards Featured

Inter provincial bus operators say they will launch a strike at midnight on August 12 following the failure of talks with the authorities.

A president of their association Stanley Fernando says solutions are not forthcoming to their problems, such as an increase in fuel prices and services fees.

Yesterday, prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in parliament that fuel prices could go up within the next few months due to the US sanctions on Iran.

Railway trade unions are presently on a strike to demand solutions to their salary anomalies.

They say the authorities are yet to grant them an opportunity to discuss the matters.

According to these TUs, no trains are operating today.

The CTB has deployed additional buses and canceled leave of its employees to ease the effect of the train strike.

Samurdhi and agricultural research production officers too, are striking work today to demand a pension and solutions to their other problems.

Secretary of the association Jagath Kumara says they will stage a protest at Parliament Roundabout this morning.