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Govt. warns railway unions

The Government yesterday warned railway unions that it would not hesitate to declare train services an essential service under the emergency regulations if the railway strike continued.

The strike came to an end last night but unions later said they would strike every Thursday until their demands were met.

State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ashok Abeysinghe told The Sunday Morning that the Government was prepared to declare the train service as an essential service if there was such a requirement.

“It will take at least a month to grant their demands and knowing that fact, they are still trying to put the Government in trouble,” he added.

Thousands of commuters were stranded on Friday and yesterday as a result of the train strike.

The strike had been launched after talks to resolve salary anomalies had failed.