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SLASA officers to fall sick today and tomorrow

Senior member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association (SLASA) numbering nearly 2400 would said they not be reporting to work today and tomorrow owing to trade union action over unresolved salary anomalies and unwarranted political interference.

Chairman of the association Prabath Chandrakeerti addressing a media briefing said that their issues could no longer be resolved through amicable discussions since the Ministry and other officials have not offered a reasonable solution.

“SLAS association has had discussions with the Prime Minister, members of the Cabinet sub-committee, the Minister and Ministry Secretary and have written to these officials has well but to no avail,” he said. “In light of increasing political interference, the Executive committees together with the district committees have decided to pursue strike action.”

In light of the strike action, SLAS officers have decided to take two days sick leave and have advised the general public not to seek services at ministries and other departments as they would be greatly inconvenienced. “We regret the inconvenience and hence we are advising the public to refrain from seeking government services today and tomorrow”

Chandrakeerti and other senior members at the presser referred to an incident where Ministers Vajira Abeywardena and Daya Gamage had faulted SLAS officers without referring to the individual or the incident. “We condemn this as it affects the work of all SLAS officers,” said A.S.R De silva, secretary of the association. “SLAS officers have been discouraged by the remarks, to the point that SLAS officers presently abstain from attending events or taking part in discussions headed by Minister Gamage.”

Reiterating the salary anomalies, the association said that there were serious discrepancies where interns were paid better than directors and members of the board of management, further more due to political pressures, retired pensioned SLAS officers were being recruited to the service when there were ample professionals who were awaiting promotions.

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