Thousands stranded as trains go on sudden strike in Sri Lanka

Thousands stranded as trains go on sudden strike in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Aug 8 ( – Thousands of commuters were left stranded when trade unions from Sri Lanka’s railway sector launched a sudden strike on Wednesday afternoon leading to a tense situation erupting in many railway stations across the island.

Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekare said that security had been tightened in the main railway stations as commuters demanded for trains to travel back home during peak hours.

“There was a violent situation reported at the Fort Railway Station a short while ago. Many police personnel have been deployed to bring the situation under control,” Gunasekare said.

Commuters blocked roads, protesting against the strike and urged the government to look into the issue.

Railway Trade Union Alliance Co-Convener Lal Ariyaratne said the strike which started at 3 p.m. would continue ‘until further notice’.

He said trade unions had resorted to strike action as the government had failed to address their salary anomalies.

Transport Minister, Nimal Siripala De Silva said commuters could use their train tickets to travel on state buses till such time the matter is resolved.