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* Decisive discussion to resolve the Customs crisis tomorrow
Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 04, Colombo: A decisive discussion to resolve the crisis arose in Sri Lanka Customs will be held tomorrow between the Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and former Customs Director General Ms. P. S. M. Charles.

The discussion is expected to provide a solution to the trade union action taken by the Customs officers in protest of the removal of Ms. Charles from the Director General post and transfer.

The Customs Trade Unions Alliance on January 30 launched a work-to-rule campaign over the appointment of a retired navy officer as the Director General of Customs.

Customs unions say they oppose the removal of previous Ms. Charles and appointment of retired Rear Admiral Shermal Fernando or Finance Ministry Additional Secretary H G Sumanasinghe as Director General.

Meeting with the Customs trade union representatives last week, the Finance and Mass Media Minister has said that the new Director General of Customs was appointed according to a decision of the cabinet of ministers and trade unions cannot protest the appointment.

It has been reported that Sri Lanka is losing more than a billion rupees a day as Customs officials continued the trade union action.


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