Railway services are likely to be affected today and tomorrow due to a strike action launched by railway driving assistants, shunting drivers, technologists, point men, signallers, shunting assistants and technical assistants.
Railway services trade union federation Secretary P. Sampath Rajitha said the strike would be launched against the contents of a circular issued by the Railways Chief regarding the salary increases made in this year?s budget.
He charged that their salaries had been pruned and three increments were being withheld until the salary anomalies were rectified.
The union charged that in November last year, Transport Minister Felix Perera had pledged to resolve the issue within 2 weeks but little or nothing had been done so far.
Mr. Rajitha warned that other trade unions would also join the strike if the railway authorities failed to respond favourably within two days.