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National Trade Union Centre Chairman K.D. Lal Kantha said today that they were in talks with Federation of University Teachers' Association (FUTA) and non-academic staff of universities to get their support for the struggle against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

He said the SAITM issue was connected to both the education and health sectors and that a joint struggle should be carried out by the trade unions of those two sectors.

“FUTA is with us opinion-wise. But they have not actively engaged with us. We are holding discussions with them to convince them to join our struggle,” he said.

Speaking at the National Convention of the Ceylon Teachers' Service Union, he said the SAITM had now become a national issue with university students, teachers, vice chancellors and parents of some universities coming forward to protest against its existence.

He said only Ministers Rajith Senaratne, Lakshman Kiriella and S.B. Dissanayake were still supporting the SAITM. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Premalal Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:15 PM

    The only alternative to the two corrupt parties even in a small way is the JVP. However it is unbelievable that they refuse to move into the 21st century, when their mentors, like China, Vietnam, Russia have already done so, It appears that some in the JVP like Lalkantha have got so stuck in the "Left" that they appear to have left their senses. It is up to the more sensible members of the JVP to dump the baggage and take up their responsibility to the country seriously without getting bogged down in an ideology which has expired its "sell by" date.

    Buddhi Perera Saturday, 14 October 2017 02:27 PM

    JVP has an ongoing competition with Peratugamis. As Peratugamis now control the students, JVP is trying to be ahead of them by organising trade unions. Both parties need mayhem in the country.

    ET Saturday, 14 October 2017 03:59 PM

    Now it is tie JVP spells out wether education is for all or for only what the government can fund. Young people will decide the future of JVP based on this.


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