An islandwide bus strike on Monday was averted when the government agreed to a 50 cents increase in bus fares from 1st September. An islandwide bus strike on Monday was averted when the government agreed to a 50 cents increase in bus fares from 1st September. “We were told we can increase bus fares by 50 cents from September 1,” said the President of the Private Bus Owners Association, Gemunu Wijeratne, after eleventh hour talks on Friday.
Private bus owners were threatening an islandwide bus strike on Monday if the annual price increase was not granted on Friday.
The unions of the Sate owned bus service – the Sri Lanka Transport Board – was also planning on joining in the strike as “a sign of solidarity.”
However a transport standstill on Monday was avoided when a special Cabinet sub committee and the private bus operators struck a deal.
The compromise will see an immediate price increase of 50 cents starting from September with another 50 cents jump coming in later during the year.
Accordingly bus fares will go up by 50 cents across the board and the lowest fare of Rs 3.00 will go to Rs 3.50 from next We