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


A national 24-hour token strike launched by the Professionals’ Commerce Union Alliance (PTUA) immediately has affected a mess of companies immediately (March 15).

The commerce union motion was launched in protest of the current tax revision, electrical energy tariff hike, and a number of other different unpopular selections made by the incumbent authorities.

Accordingly, quite a few commerce unions affiliated with well being, ports, electrical energy, railway, postal, banking, and schooling have joined the one-day strike.

Well being:

Well being professionals together with the Authorities Medical Officers’ Affiliation (GMOA) and the All-Ceylon Nurses’ Union have launched the strike in any respect hospitals throughout the nation.

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

In the meantime, the staff of laboratory companies in addition to the junior workers members of hospitals have additionally joined the strike.


It’s reported {that a} low pupil turnout was noticed in many faculties immediately, because the commerce unions of academics and principals together with the Ceylon Academics’ Union (CTU) and the Principal Grade Officers’ Affiliation, too, pledged assist for the token strike.

Consequently, Provincial Instructional Administrators have been directed on Tuesday to postpone the end-of-term assessments at colleges, which have been scheduled for immediately.

As well as, the Federation of College Academics’ Affiliation (FUTA) and the Affiliation of Instructional Professionals, too, have joined immediately’s token strike.


The Locomotive Engine Operators’ Union and a number of other different railway commerce unions have joined the 24-hour token strike, in assist of the multisectoral commerce union motion. Nonetheless, another commerce unions within the sector together with the Railway Guards’ Union, Station Masters’ Union, and Railway Controllers Affiliation determined in any other case.

In the meantime, depart of all classes of workers in Sri Lanka Railways was cancelled with impact from Tuesday, till additional discover. 

The Common Supervisor of Railways, W.A.D.S. Gunasinghe mentioned 20 trains in complete have been in operation this morning amid the token strike. He attributed this to the dedicated service of railway workers.

Ada Derana correspondents mentioned police and military personnel had been dispatched to railway stations to make sure the graceful operation of trains.

Nonetheless, privately-owned passenger buses are up and operating immediately, because the Personal Bus Homeowners’ Affiliation determined to not assist the token strike.

Electrical energy and water provide:

A number of commerce unions within the electrical energy sector together with the Ceylon Electrical energy Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) and the CEB Staff’ Union have determined to be on sick depart immediately to assist the token strike of the PTUA.

Within the meantime, the staff of the Nationwide Water Provide & Drainage Board (NWSDB) have determined to withdraw from upkeep work immediately.


The Postal and Telecommunication Companies Union and the United Postal Companies Commerce Union Entrance have bolstered their commerce union motion by launching a 24-hour token immediately in any respect submit workplaces, sub-post workplaces, head workplaces, important management workplaces, and the Central Mail Trade.


Ceylon Financial institution Worker Union (CBEU) and the Central Financial institution’s Commerce Union Alliance, too, joined the multisectoral token strike immediately. Additionally they staged strikes on Tuesday in opposition to the conduct of the federal government.


Freedom Employees’ Union of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and a number of other different commerce unions affiliated with the sector have additionally supported the token strike. Over the previous few days, the port workers have been on a work-to-rule marketing campaign, which they mentioned incurred a lack of practically 75% from the income earned by means of the ports and the Customs.

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