Services affected as multiple sectors go on 24-hour token strike


A nationwide 24-hour token strike launched by the Professionals’ Commerce Union Alliance (PTUA) instantly has affected a multitude of firms instantly (March 15).

The commerce union movement was launched in protest of the present tax revision, electrical vitality tariff hike, and a lot of different completely different unpopular alternatives made by the incumbent authorities.

Accordingly, fairly a number of commerce unions affiliated with nicely being, ports, electrical vitality, railway, postal, banking, and education have joined the one-day strike.

Properly being:

Properly being professionals along with the Authorities Medical Officers’ Affiliation (GMOA) and the All-Ceylon Nurses’ Union have launched the strike the least bit hospitals all through the nation.

The GMOA kicked off its commerce union movement on Monday, bringing the options at hospitals in 4 provinces – Western, Southern, Japanese, and Central – to a standstill, and expanded it the following day to the remaining 5 provinces; North-western, Northern, North-central, Sabaragamuwa, and Uva.

Within the meantime, the employees of laboratory firms along with the junior employees members of hospitals have moreover joined the strike.


It is reported {{that a}} low pupil turnout was seen in lots of colleges instantly, as a result of the commerce unions of lecturers and principals along with the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) and the Principal Grade Officers’ Affiliation, too, pledged help for the token strike.

Consequently, Provincial Tutorial Directors have been directed on Tuesday to postpone the end-of-term assessments at schools, which have been scheduled for instantly.

In addition to, the Federation of Faculty Teachers’ Affiliation (FUTA) and the Affiliation of Tutorial Professionals, too, have joined instantly’s token strike.


The Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union and a lot of different completely different railway commerce unions have joined the 24-hour token strike, in help of the multisectoral commerce union movement. Nonetheless, one other commerce unions inside the sector along with the Railway Guards’ Union, Station Masters’ Union, and Railway Controllers Affiliation decided in every other case.

Within the meantime, depart of all lessons of employees in Sri Lanka Railways was cancelled with influence from Tuesday, until further uncover. 

The Widespread Supervisor of Railways, W.A.D.S. Gunasinghe talked about 20 trains in full have been in operation this morning amid the token strike. He attributed this to the devoted service of railway employees.

Ada Derana correspondents talked about police and army personnel had been dispatched to railway stations to ensure the sleek operation of trains.

Nonetheless, privately-owned passenger buses are up and working instantly, as a result of the Private Bus Householders’ Affiliation decided to not help the token strike.

Electrical vitality and water present:

Various commerce unions inside the electrical vitality sector along with the Ceylon Electrical vitality Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) and the CEB Employees’ Union have decided to be on sick depart instantly to help the token strike of the PTUA.

Inside the meantime, the employees of the Nationwide Water Present & Drainage Board (NWSDB) have decided to withdraw from repairs work instantly.


The Postal and Telecommunication Corporations Union and the United Postal Corporations Commerce Union Entrance have bolstered their commerce union movement by launching a 24-hour token instantly the least bit submit workplaces, sub-post workplaces, head workplaces, vital administration workplaces, and the Central Mail Commerce.


Ceylon Monetary establishment Employee Union (CBEU) and the Central Monetary establishment’s Commerce Union Alliance, too, joined the multisectoral token strike instantly. Moreover they staged strikes on Tuesday in opposition to the conduct of the federal authorities.


Freedom Staff’ Union of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and a lot of different completely different commerce unions affiliated with the sector have moreover supported the token strike. Over the previous couple of days, the port employees have been on a work-to-rule advertising marketing campaign, which they talked about incurred a scarcity of virtually 75% from the earnings earned by way of the ports and the Customs.

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