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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 - 7:29
1.5 million letters piles up due to the postal strike; Minister ready for a discussion
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The trade union action launched by postal employees from mid night on Monday continues on.

The Combined Postal Trade Unions’ Front said that as a result of this island-wide strike, approximately 1.5 million letters remain stockpiled, unable to be distributed.

However, the Front said that following the conclusion of the trade union action tonight, distribution of letters will be resumed from tomorrow morning.

Colombo central exchange as well as at other post offices island wide had been at a standstill overt the last two days.

While many post offices remained closed, many drivers faced huge inconveniences as a result of not being able to pay off fines for traffic offences at post offices.

DIG of the Police Motor Traffic Division Palitha Fernando said that action would be taken to provide a relief to anyone who could not pay the fine yesterday due to the strike.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said that similarly special counters have been opened at Divisional and District Secretariats.

However the Combined Postal Trade Unions’ Front convener Chintaka Bandara said that solutions were not reached within 14 days, they would resort back to continuing an uninterrupted strike thereafter.

Similarly the convener also said that action would be taken to launch a protest march in the vicinity of the postal headquarters at 10 a.m. today, and subsequently to hand over a petition containing their demands to the President and the Prime Minister.    

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