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Tug-o-war between two postal unions the bane – Ministry Secy
By Srian Obeyesekere
Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications yesterday refuted an allegation by Sri Lanka Postal and Telecommunication Services Union (SLPTSU) that the recent seven-day postal strike was orchestrated by SLFP postal union to offset certain demands that SLPTSU was to agitate for before the budget.
“That is totally untrue. All problems affecting the postal services have been due to the tug-o-war between the SLPTSU and United Postal Joint Trade Union Front over the Post Master General who is supported by the SLPTSU,” claimed Ministry Secretary, Hemasiri Fernando.
He also refuted SLPTSU Secretary, Nawaratna Bandara’s allegations that the ministry failed to fill 1200 Assistant Postmaster General Vacancies and expedite several long overdue promotions. The ministry secretary said 1100 postal service Class-II positions were vacant and applications have been called for. “We have called for applications for these posts and are to fill them,” Fernando said.
He claimed the recent strike demanding the removal of Post Master General had caused financial loss to the State which was yet not estimated. He also charged unions on their unjustifiable demands including to let them have undue overtime.
“They do not clear mail bags and do it only after 5.00 p.m. claiming overtime which the minister has disallowed. Not doing work properly is lethargic and it has slowed down the movement of mail,” the ministry secretary alleged.