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Railway strikers face the sack

The Railway Department has decided to consider staff who have not returned to work due to the strike even without applying for sick leave as those who have vacated their posts.

General Manager of the Railways M.J.D. Fernando communicated this directive through an internal statement to all heads in the department.

Accordingly, all the engine drivers, station masters, guards and controllers who are on strike and had not reported to work to date will be considered as resigned and have vacated their position from that day.

The statement said the said decision was in accordance with the appendix 12 of regulation 172 in the Code of Conduct.

Several railway trade unions launched a strike last Wednesday (26 Sept) over alleged salary anomalies.

It was also decided at the Cabinet meeting yesterday (1 Oct) to make the Railway service a ‘closed service’ as distinct from the rest of the public services.

This was taken into consideration as a result of the discussions held between the railway trade unions and the Cabinet sub-committee appointed to look into the salary anomalies in the public sector.

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