Back To Work

Striking flight attendants at Sri Lankas national carrier SriLankan Airlines announced they had ended a work stoppage that forced the airline to ground flights for more than 24 hours.
The Flight Attendants Union said its 600 members would return to work from 2:00 pm (0800 GMT Saturday) after securing a meeting with their chief executive officer on pay and other demands.rn

rn”What we wanted was negotiations. The management had shut the door to talks since November,” spokesman Elsworth Weerasinghe said.rn

rnOfficials said four flights from European destinations had been unable to return to Colombo Friday because of the strike, which also grounded flights out of the capital.rn

rnThe union charged however that a Colombo to Tokyo flight took off Friday without regular cabin crew, in violation of local and international safety regulations. There was no immediate comment from the management.rn

rnSriLankan Airlines is partly owned and fully managed by Emirates Airline of Dubai. (AFP)rn