Colombo Telegraph

SriLankan Airlines: Pilots Vote ‘Yes’ For Industrial Action

Members of the Airline Pilots Guild of Sri Lanka have voted in favour of going in for industrial action if their request for a meeting with their Chairman, Board of Directors and Minister of Public Enterprise regarding the alleged “Unacceptable conduct of the Senior Management” is not been granted.

Chairman Ajith Dias

The vote ending yesterday was agreed to be conducted through SMS by its members when they met on the 16th of February 2017 at an emergency meeting.

Among the items that were discussed during the emergency meeting was the questionable existence of its present CEO Capt. Suren Ratwatte and Head of Human Resources Pradeepa Kekulawala.

A paragraph under this point for discussion sent in by the Secretary of the Pilots Guild Capt. Udayanga Stephen read “We firmly believe that the present CEO and HHR are incompetent, have personal agendas and have no concern about the welfare of the staff, the wellbeing of the organization and the continuity of either. During tough times, it is difficult to handle situations, but their pure lack of professionalism, repeated demonstration of their inability to handle pressure and the lack of proper direction make us believe that we should be active in our role to protect our organization and ourselves.

The Secretary of the Pilots Guild sent out an email immediately after the emergency meeting which read:

Dear Member,

As per the request of the members present at the EOGM held on 16th February 2017 (Present 69, Proxies 75) it was decided to put the following proposed course of action for a vote by the membership:

Proposed course of action

The Guild is to request for a meeting with the Chairman, Board of Directors and Minister of Public Enterprise regarding “Unacceptable conduct of the Senior Management”

If this request is not met within seven days (7) the Guild would go for Industrial Action.

We are conducting a SMS vote on the above matter

If you agree to the above proposed course of action type                YES

If you don’t agree to the above proposed course of action type        NO

Please send the reply to the Guild Mobile Number – 077xxxxxxx on or before 18thFebruary 2017, 2359hrs. (Local Time)

Capt. Udayanga Stephen

Secretary ALPGSL

Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that the Executive Committee of the ALPGSL who took over office late last year, abolished an existing Industrial Action that was in effect as act of goodwill. This was in their hope that they could amicably iron out any differences with the airline’s Chairman, CEO and Board of Directors through open dialogue.

However since of late the Chairman Ajith Dias has distanced himself from the ALPGSL and maintains his stance of not responding to any official correspondence initiated by the Pilots Guild. (Janaka Ranaweera)

 

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