The Customs Trade Union Alliance (CTUA) states it would engage in a ‘work to rule’ trade union action from today (19th) until the proposed new Customs Ordinance is withdrawn as authorities have failed to state for what purpose the new ordinance is introduced.
The Secretary of the Customs Commissioners’ Union Uditha Jayasinghe states a 24 hour ‘sick leave’ campaign was held on the 15th demanding authorities to withdraw the bill.
He said authorities did not even respond to the trade union action carried out on the 15th. Hence authorities should state why the existing act is amended and why a new bill is introduced.
Mr. Uditha Jayasinghe said authorities did not even hold a discussion with trade unions regarding the issue and the service of members of their unions would be limited to 8 hours a day from today onward as a protest for the decision taken by the authorities. He said the members would refrain from engaging in overtime work during this period.