Private bus strike called off. 12.5 percent hike accepted. Minimum bus fare is 12 rupees.

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Following the discussions with Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva this evening, the All Ceylon Private Bus Association decided to cancel its scheduled strike, which was scheduled to start midnight last night. Speaking to the media, ACPBA Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said the bus associations had agreed to Minister’s decision on amending the bus fare by 12 percent with the minimum fare being 12 rupees with the effect from May 22 midnight. Earlier, the bus associations announced that they would go on a countrywide bus strike from midnight yesterday demanding minimum fare of 15 and 15 percent hike. While holding a media briefing this evening at Narahenpita, the bus associations said they would not stop the strike until the Government reconsidered increasing the minimum fare.

However, a meeting with the Transport Deputy Minister Asoka Abeysinghe failed. During the meeting, the Minister had requested the bus associations to wait until next Tuesday for a final decision.

However, following a meeting with the Transport Minister later bus associations decided to cancel the planned strike.

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