Postal workers launched an island wide token strike at midnight on Monday against the Government`s move to reduce their overtime and extra shifts.
Monday`s night mail trains to Badulla, Kandy and Galle left Colombo without mail.
Around 18,000 workers are participating in the strike, organized by an alliance of 10 trade unions of the Postal Department, General Secretary of the Lanka Postal Workers Union, Rohana Fernando told the media on Monday.
He said that the Post and Telecommunication Ministry has taken the decision to cut down on overtime and extra work shifts as a method of reducing the current expenditure of the postal department. `But, the decision makers of the Ministry had promised us earlier to discuss with the trade unions before taking any action. They have broken that promise,` Fernando said.
The department has not filled 5000 vacancies for years but are cutting down on the facilities enjoyed by the current workers,` he said.
Fernando said that the trade union alliance had a meeting with the Ministry Secretary Monday evening, but itended without a solution.
He said the token strike could turn into an all out strike to win their demands.