A tense situation prevailed at the Fort Railway station after several railway Trade Unions staged a sudden strike yesterday evening. Thousands of commuters who were stranded by the trade union action surrounded the Station Master’s office. The commuters later staged a protest blocking the main road opposite the station demanding the government to take action against the railway employees. The angry crowd caused damage to station property. Picture by Rukmal Gamage

Several railway trade unions launched a strike from 3pm yesterday without prior notice against the latest Cabinet decision to suspend the Cabinet paper proposing the rectification of railway workers’ salary anomalies.

Trade unions representing engine drivers, guards, controllers and station masters are engaged in the strike.

Railway Trade Union Alliance Co-Convener Lal Ariyaratne said trains that had begun their journeys ply but no train would leave thereafter.

Railway services were affected with commuters due to depart home after work. Thousands of commuters were left stranded which resulted in a tense situation since the train services were cancelled without prior notice at the Colombo Fort and Maradana Railway stations.

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