Bus union rift deepens
He also accused the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association of having an underhand deal with the government which he claims is evident in filing the court action to delay the bus fare hike. (Colombo Gazette) A rift between private bus trade unions has deepened further with one union blaming the other over the delay to have bus fares increased.All Island Private Bus Company Federation (AIPBCF) General Secretary Anjana Priyanjith said that one private bus union has gone to court over the failure by the government to increase bus fares. Anjana Priyanjith is referring to the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association led by Gemunu Wijeyratne who had filed legal action against the National Transport Commission. He said that the move to go to court will see the issue drag further and they don’t expect bus fares to be increased by another year. Priyanjith says they could have won their demands for a bus fare hike through protests and going to court has only delayed the process.“We see this as a complete betrayal of private bus operators. We will not get what we were supposed to get under the national policy either,” he said.