July 21, Colombo: All postal workers of the island will report sick leave from midnight today and have decided to engage in a 24 hour trade union action again.
Convener of the Joint Postal Trade Unions Alliance Chinthaka Bandara said the one-day sick note campaign will be launched due to non-implementation of the agreements reached regarding the recruitment procedure of postal employees.
He said that the Public Service Commission has already proposed a methodology for the recruitment and promotion process of the Postal Department. The Postal Trade Unions have agreed to this but the Cabinet approval to implement it has not yet been granted yet, he told National Rupavahini.
Minister of Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs M H A Haleem said he hoped to find a solution to the problems of postal workers at the Cabinet meeting last Friday.
Employees of the Central Mail Exchange launched a 48-hour strike at 4.00 p last week. If the authorities fail to address these demands, a postal strike will be launched island wide, they said.
The Convener said around 26,000 postal workers are expected to withdraw from services from midnight Sunday. Postal trade unions requested the government to immediately intervene and address the concerns surrounding the recruitment process.