The Sri Lanka Immigration & Emigration Officers’ Association says that it will launch a work-to-rule campaign from midnight today (17) over the failure by authorities to resolve several pressing demands.
The campaign will cover all airports and seaports in the country, the association said in a press release.
As a prelude to the trade union action, officers will hold a silent ‘banner protest’ at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) premises at 12 noon today.
If a work-to-rule campaign does proceed, passengers can expect delays at immigration counters at BIA.
The TU action is launched over three major demands: the establishment of a Service Minute for the Immigration and Emigration Service, the reinstatement of the Departmental Prosecution Unit and the attachment of Immigration and Emigration officers to Missions abroad.
The union says that these issues have remained unresolved for two decades.
Sri Lanka’s state-run SriLankan Airlines urged passengers to report to the airport three hours before their flight from May 17 as airport border control officers were on work-to-rule.
“SriLankan Airlines wish to inform all passengers, to arrive at the airport three hours prior to the departure time effective today, 17th May 2018, 12.00pm onwards until further notice,” Sri Lankan Airlines said.
Immigration officer’s union official said they are reluctant to go on full scale strike and stay at home, because it will result in the country’s borders being closed.
Engineers at Sri Lanka’s power utility union is also on work-to-rule but have said that they will ensure power is swiftly restored to hospitals in case there is a failure.
Sri Lanka’s Government Medical Officers Union however goes on strike often. Their members then engage in private practice.
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