Jun 06, 2020

SL Post to be closed on Saturdays to slash costs?

It is said that the Department of Posts has decided to continue to keep post offices closed on Saturdays, reports say.

Sources say that this decision is taken as it would greatly cut down costs.

Sources add that on an average, opening post offices and sub post offices on a Saturday cost nearly Rs. 20 million although the income on Saturday only goes upto Rs. 03 million.

Rs. 18 million out of this Rs. 20 million is spent on extra day wages for Saturday while the remaining 02 million is spent as  overtime payments.

However, Postal Trade Unions have strongly objected to the above decision.

'Postal heroes' forgotten

In a letter to the Postmaster General, the United Postal Trade Union Front has alleged that the above decision was taken to cut back on the overtime and Saturday allowance, disregarding the sacrifices made by the Postal staff during the Covid-19 epidemic.

The letter has stated that the trade union collective urges to withdraw this decision immediately.

Noting that postal workers will continue their normal service from midnight tomorrow (07), the collective requests not to force them to work overtime, cover work of any vacancy or to undertake any additional service.

Speaking on this regard, Postmaster General Rohana Ariyaratne has said that a decision is expected to be reached at a meeting with trade unions.

However, under the prevailing backdrop, the decision to close post offices and sub post offices will be implemented this Saturday (06), he said.

Meanwhile, it is reported that there are large quantities of stuck mail at the Sri Lanka Posts.