By Nabeela Hussain
More than a million letters including 80,000 registered letters were piled up yesterday at the Central Postal Exchange in Colombo because of the refusal by postal employees to work overtime in a campaign to urge the authorities to resolve longstanding issues.
The Ceylon Postal Services Union (CPSU) warned the union would launch a full scale strike if the ministry did not resolve all its issues at a discussion to be held today.
The CPSU said outstation postal services had come to a standstill due to the OT strike.
“We will continue with our refusal to work overtime even though we are holding discussions tomorrow,” the CPSU President Jayantha Wijesinghe.
He said the members would continue with the strike for as long as possible. Mr. Wijesinghe said some 5,000 vacancies had to be filled and this had resulted in the employees having to work overtime to ensure undisrupted services.
Among the main demands is the removal of the Post Master General because of the rising corruption and wastage in the sector.
The CPSU said Rs.14.6 million was wasted on Postal Day celebrations at a time when the funds were needed for more important work.