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‘Demands not met since last year’ :

Postal workers in 48-hour strike

Several Postal Trade Unions launched a 48-hour symbolic strike at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) from 4.00 pm yesterday seeking solutions to three main demands. Over 3,000 employees belonging to 21 trade unions are supporting the strike, which will continue until July 18, Joint Postal Trade Union Front convener Chinthaka Bandara told the Daily News.

Their principal demand is that the Cabinet of Ministers approve the memorandum presented by Minister Abdul Haleem last year listing their demands.

The same campaign began last year with a 16-day-long postal strike in June 2018. This memorandum is yet to be approved by Cabinet.

In addition, the Postal Department employees also demand a stop to the gradual curtailment of employees’ rights within the Posts Department and, also, call on the Government to introduce a proper programme for the development of the Department of Posts.

Union Front convenor Bandara said that the unions had not got any response from Minister Haleem despite the authorities being given prior notification of the intended 48-hour strike on June 11. Bandara said issues within the Postal Department have not received permanent solutions for about 13 years. “Not receiving permanent solutions for the employees’ demands will lead to an islandwide Trade Union action after 48 hours,” Bandara warned.



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