Postal employees to hold protest march today

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By Thilanka Kanakarathna   
Postal Union workers are to initiate a massive protest march in Colombo today urging the Government to resolve the issues with regard to the recruitment procedure, General Secretary of Post and Telecommunication Officers’ Union H. K. Kariyawasam said.  


Mr. Kariyawasam said employees will march towards the Presidential Secretariat starting at 10.30 am from the Central Mail Exchange.   
Speaking to Daily Mirror United Postal Trade Unions Front (UPTUF) convener Chinthaka Bandara said over 15,000 employees to take part in the protest march.  The strike launched by postal employees entered its eight day today, disrupting all postal related services. 

The strike had resulted in an average daily loss of Rs.150 million in revenue to the Postal Department according to Post Master General Rohana Abeyratne.  Other than mail collection and distribution, postal services such as pension payments, examination payments and spot fine payments has also been totally disrupted following the strike causing severe inconvenience to the public.   

During the protest march the Unions will hand over a petition to the Presidential Secretariat over the authority’s lethargic behaviour to resolve the issue.  Postal services were at a standstill since Monday (11) due to the joint trade union action launched with the support of over 23, 000 employees belongs to 24 Postal Services unions, including officers. Services at 653 island-wide post offices, 3,410 sub-post offices and 100 control offices had been disrupted as a result of the trade union action.