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Railway employees of the Professional Trade Union Alliance (PTUA) yesterday decided to postpone their scheduled 56-hour token strike as a meeting had been granted with the President’s Secretary to discuss their demands, its convener said.

PTUA Convener, Janaka Fernando, told The Nation that their members decided to postpone the token strike, which was due to take place from midnight on Monday (21) to 6am on Thursday (24), as they had been granted a meeting with President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga. This meeting is to take place on Wednesday (23).   
The railway employees were due to go on strike as the authorities had failed to rectify the issue of their salary anomalies, according to the PTUA convener.

However, Fernando warned that if discussions with Weeratunga ended in failure, they will launch an island-wide strike ‘without issuing any prior warning’.

When contacted, Minister of Transport, Kumara Welgama, said his ministry cannot solve the issue of employee salary anomalies as it was a matter for the Salaries and Cadres Commission.
“I told the union to be patient until discussions are held with the President’s Secretary on January 23. All parties are due to be present on this occasion”, he added.

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