SL Railway Union launches token strike over alleged corrupt appointment
In a major development, the Sri Lanka Railway Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU) announced a 24-hour token strike starting yesterday night. The decision was made in response to the appointment of a Deputy General Manager (Commercial) who has been accused of corruption.
According to a statement released by the union, the emergency meeting of the central committee was convened to discuss the issue, and it was unanimously decided to launch the strike. The statement added that all station masters will withdraw from all services as of midnight yesterday.
The union’s decision is likely to cause significant disruption to the country’s railway services. The SLRSMU is one of the largest trade unions in the Sri Lankan railway industry, and their members include station masters, who play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth functioning of the railway system.
The appointment of the Deputy General Manager (Commercial) has been a controversial issue, with several allegations of corruption against the appointee. The SLRSMU has been demanding the appointment of a person with a clean record to the post, and their decision to launch the strike is seen as a strong protest against the appointment of an allegedly corrupt individual.
The Sri Lankan government has not yet responded to the union’s decision, and it remains to be seen how the situation will be resolved. However, the SLRSMU has warned that they will continue their protests if their demands are not met, which could lead to further disruptions in the railway services in the coming days.