The postal delivery employees of Pondicherry division struck work on Monday protesting the Department of Posts decision to reduce 10 posts of postmen. As a result of the strike, the delivery of the postal items was affected and the articles were piling up at the Head Post Office.
P Sugumar, secretary of the National Postal Employees Union, claimed that the Postal Department had reduced a total of 32 posts (postmen 10, group D 5 and postal assistant 17) in the Pondicherry division.This had put a burden on the employees, who are already overstressed because of non-recruitment, he added.
Following the agitation, nearly 270 bags containing five lakh postal articles have piled up at the Head Post Office.
Meanwhile, S Kandasamy, senior superintendent of post offices, Pondicherry division, said the decision to reduce the number of posts was conveyed to the employees in March this year itself. He added that the decision was taken on an all-India basis.
It may be recalled that the employees had challenged decision in the Central Administrative Tribunal, which had dismissed the plea.
The strike will continue on Tuesday as the talks between the striking employees and postal department officials to settle the issue had failed to break the deadlock, said sources.