Trade unions affiliated to the Wild Life Conservation Department have commenced a work to rule campaign to win several demands that include the addressing of salary anomalies.
Five trade unions that include guards, assistant range officers, wildlife range guards and “Wanahanda” union of wild life security officers are involved in the unions action.
The head of the Wild Life Guards Union, Prabash Karunaratne has said the main demands were the removal of salary anomalies created by government Circular 6/2006, a definite policy on leave while in service, the difficult area allowance, a change in the attitudes of superiors and to establish a team spirit in the discharge of duties in order to avoid unpopularity among the general public, to decide on a programme to face abuse and injuries to the wild life officers from the public during the Human Elephant conflict situations.
The unions have said the work to rule campaign was to be launched one year ago, but was postponed after reaching an agreement with the then minister on receiving a favorable response to the demands.
However, the unions have commenced the union action since the issues faced by the wild life officials have not yet been addressed.