President Mahinda Rajapaksa who sent a message of felicitation, on the occasion of the opening of the Union of Post and Telecommunication Officers (UPTO) building in Fort yesterday, said that the policy of the `Mahinda Chinthana` is not to privatize State ventures that are a strength to Trade Unions such as UPTO.
The President, who was expected to attend the ceremony but could not, in his message, further said that Trade Unions such as UPTO have played an important role in protecting State organizations from being privatized.
However, he pointed out that State organizations, such as Sri Lanka Tele Communication Department, had to be modernized. ?This had to be done so that poor people, with the help of the Department, will be able to get their letters and other messages without delay.
This message was read out by Minister of Urban Development Dinesh Gunawardena, who attended the opening ceremony. The President was unable to attend as he was in Kandy attending a religious ceremony at the Sri Dalada Masligawa, according to officials of the Presidential Secretariat.
Governor, Western Province and Trade Unionist Alavi Mowlana, who was the guest of honour, stressed the need for a joint effort by all trade unions to safeguard the workers` rights. He pledged Government support for all trade unions in their effort to safeguard workers` rights.
According to UPTO, the foundation stone for the building was laid by the late Prime Minister Sirimawo Bandaranaike in 1970.