Audio: Our demands were not met- FUTA

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Despite a decision to call off the countrywide university strike today, the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) said that a proposal put forward by the government based on the unions’ demands was not sufficient and that FUTA would continue its struggle until the government addressed its concerns.

“This is not a permanent exit but a temporary suspension of a historic struggle. We will continue with greater determination and expect the government to fulfill what they had agreed to. We will be watching closely,” FUTA Spokesman Dr. Mahim Mendis said.

“The FUTA Executive Committee chose not to join the press conference because the majority of the union membership did not believe that the joint statement was sufficient enough to call off the trade union action. The reason we chose to call it off is because A/L paper marking has to begin, university courses should continue and teachers have foregone their salaries for months,” FUTA President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said. (Olindhi Jayasundara)



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  • Ranjit Friday, 12 October 2012 10:28 AM

    Retired hurt.
    Lankawe ohoma thamai.

    malkanthi Friday, 12 October 2012 10:29 AM

    our poor kids are penalized while ministerial kids get higher studies overseas.

    TheAthesit Friday, 12 October 2012 10:32 AM

    Because of these idiots and their never stopping salary demands, the academic year has been postponed for more than 2 months. Undergraduates as well as Masters students are paying for this.

    We do not pay hundreds of thousands of rupees to get our masters graduation dragged by. Also we have other personal plans such as migrating so on which are completely ruined because of these strikers.

    kumara Friday, 12 October 2012 10:37 AM

    Whole country now knows what your demand is?

    hb Friday, 12 October 2012 10:50 AM

    all the demands were in their website from day 1

    Dr. wiki Friday, 12 October 2012 10:44 AM

    WHAT?

    Ramzeel Friday, 12 October 2012 10:47 AM

    Futile FUTA

    D.P.Liyanage Friday, 12 October 2012 10:58 AM

    Learned people shall be given their proper place. Not the politicians. Everybody should realize that. Most of their demands shall be given. Do not forget if education is not there then no future for any country. And should analyse why this problem got dragged.

    Independent Writer Saturday, 13 October 2012 02:10 AM

    Then, never give up your fight.

    Junior Citizen Friday, 12 October 2012 11:40 AM

    They got what they wanted- this is all rubbish -from the biggining they took the public for a ride with a 6% and hoodwinked the students and opposition--now back with arrears and pay increase- Good brains.

    Lobo Friday, 12 October 2012 11:59 AM

    The 6% for national education was just a red herring. The real issue was an increase for them which they got and they cry crocodile tears for free education.

    Mevan Saturday, 13 October 2012 04:28 AM

    What happened is a good lesson for those who were behind to bring this Govt to power. All salaries will have to be increased anyway in the budget.

    michael Saturday, 13 October 2012 04:26 AM

    demand is good but the intentions are wrong.

    HUTA...PATAS Friday, 12 October 2012 02:11 PM

    These idiots thought by getting 6% that they will get ample foreign trips on pretext of learning, training, research, study tours, etc. etc. .......... galore! galore !! ..... galore !!!!!! .................

    FUTA idiots are HUTA now !

    Senior Friday, 12 October 2012 02:57 PM

    You sounds really selfish. Many people agree that this was the only time (during last several decades) any society struggle to force government to get educational benefits towards countries free education. I think as a person who benefit the free education system, everyone should appreciate the effort of FUTA. No one in the resent history of SL had ever try to win benefits for public other than their own salary.
    Yes they try to increase their salary. Also they put huge effort to educate SL citizens about the amount of funding available for education. Now everyone (people and government) knows 6% deal of education. I think that is a heroic effort that everyone should respect.

    Kaush Friday, 12 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Dear sir, Now stop nonsense and go and do your part of teaching the innocent students, I believe govt has done their part. via DM Android App

    TheAthesit Tuesday, 23 October 2012 05:01 AM

    Are you also a part of this gang rallying to increase their salary or related to one? Their just putting up a cover of increasing funding but if the government just increased their salary they would have stopped the protest immediately.

    For your information I never enjoyed free education. Or never want to even for my children. It's an unproductive system where everyone is forced to get private tuition. Your better off in a private school and a private university like the rest of us.

    patriot Friday, 12 October 2012 04:14 PM

    Sorry for the delay in migrating mate. They should pay you something for delaying your Masters graduation and also your migrating expenses.

    J.P.U.L Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:21 AM

    If demands are not then never give up your fight.

    Sam Sunday, 14 October 2012 12:24 AM

    Wait and see....


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