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Railway trade unions have decided to call off their trade union action, following discussions held with the Secretary to the President this evening.

Speaking to NewsRadio, Secretary of the Locomotive Engineering Operators’ Union Indika Dodangoda said, discussions were held with authorities at the Presidential Secretariat this evening.

The protest was launched yesterday against the recruitment of several railway assistants outside the accepted recruitment procedure. Earlier, the government announced that it had decided to declare railway services as an essential service. Accordingly the gazette pertaining to the matter was also sent the President.

Meanwhile, the Railway Control Room also decided to deploy ten additional trains from the Colombo Fort Station for the convenience of the commuters this evening. The Control Room said the decision was taken following the indefinite strike launched by several railway unions.