SLTB’s Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya strike continues
2019-06-12 at 13:45
The strike launched by the Jathika Sevaka Sangamaya of the Sri Lanka Transport Board is presently ongoing.
The strike was launched at midnight yesterday based around concerns over promotions.
It is reported that SLTB depots in several areas in the country have been impacted by the trade union action.
When inquired by NewsRadio State Minister of Transport Ashoka Abeysinghe said as the SLTB is currently running at a loss due to the strike, salaries can only be paid to employees currently in service.
He said this is an issue over promotions of employees of the National Transport Commission and the Sri Lanka Transport Board, adding however the Ministry has already provided several solutions to the issue following discussions with the Ministry of Finance as well.
However he noted the protesting group disregarded the solutions and engaged in a protest in front of the Headquarters of the United National Party and launched strike action.
The Minister said as they opposed an official solution, as a Government there is nothing that can be done.
He stressed if this continues, the protesters will go ahead with their strike action, buses that are operating will continue to operate and private buses will be used to cover the deficiency in buses operating.
He noted after a while they will receive a salary for the days they worked and will not receive a salary for the days they did not work, adding the strike will cause the NTC and the SLTB to incur losses.
The Minister explained when losses are incurred it becomes difficult to pay salaries, therefore only those working will be paid.