Technical officers threaten trade union action

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

KANDY: Government Technical Officers (Civil/Electrical/Mechanical) Association told the media, in Kandy, recently, that prior to resorting to trade union action it would stage a countrywide peaceful demonstration demanding that the government meet their justifiable demands.

 However, there was a limit to their patience, President of the association Marlan Serasinghe said.

 The government technical officers were overworked as vacancies were not filled, Serasinghe said. He complained that Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara had promised to solve the problem, but nothing had been done.

The association wanted the salary anomalies of the technical officers rectified and a service minute introduced, Serasinghe said, adding that the first of the series of peaceful demonstrations would be held in Kandy shortly.

Secretary of the technical officers association Sanjeewa Ratnayake told the media that the trade union had been pressuring the authorities to solve their problems, without driving them to trade union action.

 The failure on the part of the government to fill vacancies had resulted in a single technical officer having to oversee 25 to 30 projects, Ranjith Ratnayake said.

Hiring pensioners was not a solution to the problem of manpower shortage, Ratnayake warned.

Treasurer of the Association Anuja Ratnayake also addressed the media.

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