SLIEOA Intensifies Trade Union Action

21 March 2018 02:33 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association (SLIEOA) yesterday launched a trade union action in response to the failure of the government to provide a resolution to their demands.

President of the SLIEOA, Aruna Kanugala said the association made its grievances known six months earlier at a press conference. He stated the problems officers face have not been addressed for almost two decades.

The association’s key demands are for an approved service minute, the re-establishment of the prosecution department of the immigration department and the deployment of officers to foreign missions abroad.

As part of the protests, officers are displaying banners and distributing pamphlets to raise awareness of the union’s grievances at the immigration counters at the departure terminals of Mattala and Katunayake Airports, all harbours and the posts at the Department of Immigration and Emigration Head Office in Battaramulla ordinarily attended to by the immigration and emigration officers. The SLIEO has however assured the public that there would be no interruption to services at any of these counters during the protest.

Mr Kanugala explained that one of the SLIEOA’s key requests, the establishment of a service minute, is necessary for “smooth and steady recruitment.” Service minutes outline the qualifications a person must have to be appointed as an officer, the opportunities for career progression and the procedures involved in recruitment and promotion. Service minutes need to be approved by the cabinet. Currently, the majority of public service sector professions have them.

“Right now, most officers retire from the same position they were hired to,” Mr Kanugala stated, “There are no opportunities for career progression and as a result, there is no motivation for people to develop.”

Mr Kanugala stated that if a resolution was not provided, the next step would be to distribute information at the arrival terminals of the airport - an action the SLIEO states it has refrained from taking so far to avoid tarnishing the image of Sri Lanka to foreigners arriving in the country - and strikes would be a last resort. (Tilini Rajapaksa and T.K.G Kapila)

Pic by T.K.G Kapila

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  • Sam Wednesday, 21 March 2018 04:16 AM

    Ruining the image of the country and causing massive damage to the tourist industry. This must be punishable by law some how. Arrest the buggers, sack the buggers. Plenty of people out their need jobs, it's not highly skilled positions, army can stand in during the transition. Must take immediate and strict action against strike idiots else everyone does it. It is never the last resort, always the first resort. Let's face it they are just asking for opportunity for jollys abroad!!!

    ANTON Wednesday, 21 March 2018 06:10 AM

    THESE DAYS GOVERNMENT IS STRUGGLING FOR THEIR JUSTICE BY INCREASING TAXES ON POOR PEOPLE'S LITTLE INTEREST.

    Rohitha Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:23 AM

    Anyone arriving or leaving from BIA has to go through the unsavoury experiance of waiting in a que to face one of these unpleasent and unfriendly personalities as their first or last encounter in Sri Lanka. Goverment should seriously consider having them replaced with a set of well trained and more presentable younger set of people with better communications skills than this fosils.

    Daniel Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:47 AM

    Your job is 'immigration officer' and there's no way you could be appointed to foreign service. If you don't like the job resign and go home, someone who likes the job will take it.


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