In a swift response to the impending 48-hour symbolic strike called by postal trade unions, the Postmaster General Ruwan Satkumara has taken immediate action to cancel the leave of all postal workers tomorrow the 8th, 9th, and 10th of this month.
The strike, organized by various postal unions, is in protest against the removal of the Nuwara Eliya Post Office, a significant historical landmark, which has served as a living reminder of Sri Lanka’s two-hundred-year-old Royal Mail, and its conversion into a tourist hotel.
Notable postal unions involved in this symbolic strike include the Association of Postal and Telecommunication Officers, Sri Lanka Postal and Telecommunication Services Association, National Postal and Telecommunication Workers Union, United National Union of Postal Workers, All Ceylon Post and Telegraph Workers Union, and the Sri Lanka Free Postal Professionals Association. They plan to conduct this token postal strike for a 48-hour period, commencing at today midnight (08) and concluding at midnight tomorrow (09).
The postal department unions are collectively advocating for the preservation of the historic Nuwara Eliya Post Office, emphasizing its economic and archaeological significance. They warn that if their demands are not met, a continuous strike could become a reality, posing potential disruptions in postal services across the country.