Two-day postal strike begins today

Published : 9:10 am  June 4, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Thilanka Kanakarathna   

The Union of Post and Telecommunication Officers launched a two-day countrywide token strike from midnight yesterday demanding that the government resolves issues stemming from the 06/2006 government administration circular.   

A total of 653 postal officers, 40 control officers and over 80 per cent of the officers in the department were said to be taking part in the strike action. 

 
Union General Secretary H. K. Kariyawasam alleged the said circular, which was issued without the consent of the postal employees, had oppressed over 26, 000 employees in the service.   


Mr. Kariyawasam said that although 1, 600 employees had been recruited for grade two positions after 2006 they were being paid salaries of grade three officers and were not made permanent even after years of service.   
He said the union had initially planned to resort to trade union action over the matter on January 10 this year but later called it off after Minister Sarath Amunugama appointed a sub-committee to look into the matter following the discussions he held with the union members.   


Although five months had elapsed since the committee was appointed he said the committee and the minister had failed to submit the Cabinet paper correcting the shortcomings in the circular.   


He said that the employees will resort to an indefinite strike if the authorities continue to ignore their demands.   


Countrywide postal services including the International Mail Service (IMS) and Express Mail Service (EMS) would be disrupted as a result of the trade action today and tomorrow.   

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