The engineers of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) are to launch a work to rule campaign demanding to settle the long standing salary anomaly on Monday (14), for the first time since the induction of the new president, a SLT union leader said.

The Telecommunication Engineers’ Union (TEU) has taken this decision as the new management of SLT has failed to heed their representations with the aim of improving the dwindling financial situation and productivity eliminating corruption of the company, he disclosed

Without considering implications on administration, financial, productivity and all aspects of future sustenance, SLT top management has taken several decisions in favour of the whims and fancies of some top corrupt officials, the President of the trade union Eng. Samantha Ruwanpathiranaalleged.

TEU has always extended its fullest support and cooperation to realise goals and objectives of SLT through the contribution of members who hold a majority of management positions in SLT, he stated in a letter sent to the CEO of Sri Lanka Telecom. 

TEU always tries its level best to resolve issues amicably through negotiations before opting for trade union actions, he said adding that TEU clearly clarified the salary anomaly within Grade A1 to A5 engineers in SLT with possible proposals to resolve the same.

During the last meeting with the Group CEO and CEO SLT, on 10th September 2020, they conveyed to TEU that the board paper which included proposals to resolve the salary anomaly of engineers, submitted to the last board meeting was not accepted, TEU claimed.

TEU believes that the suggestions/directions given at the board meeting is merely aimed at dragging time without a targeted outcome.

Hence TEU has informed SLT CEO that engineers are compelled to declare a work to rule campaign starting from 14th September 2020, until the salary anomaly of engineers is resolved. TEU believes that the management still possesses ample time to resolve the issue without causing disruptions to the normal operations of the organisation and its customers.

TEU says their trade union action has been launched in absence of due and timely attention of the management and that they should be held responsible for any repercussions.