SLTB buses attacked – commuters stranded as strike progresses
Commuters have been largely inconvenienced due to the private bus strike which came into effect at midnight on December 01.
A number of minor incidents of violence surrounding the strike action have been reported from across the country thus far.A group of trade unions of three wheeler drivers have also joined in the strike action in protest against the proposed new fines for traffic offences.
However, the Railway trade unions dropped their intentions to join the strike following discussions with the President last afternoon.
A number of private buses operating in the Colombo District have also refrained from operations.
The public have been severely inconvenienced as a result of the situation.
At the Gampaha main bus stand, it was reported that stones have been pelted at a SLTB bus which belongs to the Gampaha Depot plying from Kalmunai to Colombo.
A News 1st correspondent added that stones have been pelted at the bus in Warakapola, Radawatunna and Waralawatta.
Meanwhile, an SLTB bus was attacked around 10:30 PM yesterday (Dec. 01) at the Thalaramba area in Matara by a group of unidentified persons.
However, the Chairman of the SLTB Ramal Siriwardena, says that buses will continue to operate under the protection of the police. As of now, 20 SLTB buses have been attacked.
The chairman added that two students who were travelling in the bus were also injured in one such attack.
(Courtesy: News First)
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If the government is to wilt under the intimidation caused by the striking private bus operators and the doctors. Since the strikes were inspired by the trade unions then the union should be held responsible for any hostilities caused by its membership.
As for the GMOA and its striking doctors then ministry should maintain a catalog of all deaths during striking doctors then action should be taken against the GMOA for manslaughter for their negligence and it made accountable.
Gamunu Buruwa saha other trade union should be responsible for these damages.
These buses are public property not his mother’s wealth.
If you continue strike that is good, then people will find ways to travel and adjust . The strike could not do a big impact-many people traveled to work places and worked.
These private bus owners ask government to let them to kill people. So governemet should not give their demands at all.
The Private Bus Operator’s Union and Government Medial Officers Assosciation are indulging in severe anti social action by calling the strikes.
What do these Unions want? Do they want a ‘Licence to Kill’?
In fact, we fought a terrorist war against a group who wanted a ‘Licence to Kill’ for 30 years.
The PTA which our Parliament legislated to support the war is still in place. It is time to use its provisions on the Private Bus Union and GMOA in the new war against terrorism.