Dec 31, Colombo: Responding to the reports that the postal workers are preparing to launch a strike, Chairman of Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya says he is confident that employees of the Postal Department will not participate in a strike when an election has been scheduled.
The election chief said that under the Elections Act, the Postal Department is primarily responsible for carrying out election activities and therefore, he believes that the postal workers will realize the responsibility and not proceed to strike ahead of the election. If they do, everyone will rush to find an alternative, he added.
The election for all 341 councils will be held on February 10, 2018 and postal voting is scheduled for January 25 and 26,
United Postal Trade Union Alliance (UPTUA) Co-Convener Chinthaka Bandara has told state media that there will be a possibility of launching a strike in the first week of January if the authorities failed to provide a solution to their demand to resolve the irregularities in recruitment procedure.
Speaking further on the matter, the trade union leader said the authorities were informed of the problem and given 14 days to resolve the issue but the deadline has ended on the 28th of this month and nothing has been done by the government.
Therefore, the strike could be launched at any time, he stressed.
In response to the threat by the postal union to strike ahead of the February 10 polls and postal voting on January 25 and 26, Minister of Postal Services M.H.A. Haleem has told the Sunday Observer that the postal services will soon be declared as one of the essential services in addition to the education, health and railway sectors.