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The Teachers' and Principals' Trade Union said yesterday its members would launch a 24-hour countrywide token strike today.

Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin said the union had informed the authorities about the strike and pointed out that any inconvenience caused to students and parents should be referred to the Education Ministry.

“The token strike will effect 10,162 schools countrywide. Some 241,000 teachers and 15,000 principals will participate in the token strike,” he said.

Mr. Stalin said the teachers and principals would be on sick leave.

"They are demanding a salary increase and the rectification of salary anomalies since 1997. They are also demanding the release of teachers and principals from time-wasting paper filling work and that six per cent of the GDP be allocated for education," he said.

“Seventeen trade unions including the CTU will join the token strike bringing all state schools to a standstill.”

Education Ministry Secretary Pathmasiri Jayamanne when contacted said he was not informed about the strike and .

He told Daily Mirror that the ministry was not in a position to increase salaries on the basis that the ministry could not take independent decisions.

“A set of proposals have been submitted to the Special Salaries Commission, the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance. It is left to them to increase salaries. I have explained this to the trade unions during the several discussions held with them,” Mr. Jayamanne said. “There will be no salary increases at this point. However, I have informed the authorities to look into the matter about the unnecessary paperwork. I request the education sector trade unions not to take hasty decisions and stop work." (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Karu Wednesday, 13 March 2019 06:42 AM

    please, doctors and bus drivers also joint with them..that will be perfect for the country......What else our ppl know other than this damn strikes ???? almost every day....

    cheers Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:44 AM

    Hooray its holi, holiday

    ANTON Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:00 AM

    THAVATH VARAK ..... MATA PAASAL YANNATA .. LABUNOTH HARIMA AGEY........

    Tuition Master Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:15 AM

    Most of the teachers are known to be engaged in PRIVATE TUITION. Are any records maintained of such teachers and how many thousands they earn on Private Tuition. This category of teachers would not surely ask for a salary increase ?

    srilankan Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:18 AM

    Strike, token strike, work to rule strike do what you want... this country is plagued with educated selfish people

    Bua Wednesday, 13 March 2019 09:54 AM

    Opportunity for Big match fans to get into girls schools..

    SAM Wednesday, 13 March 2019 02:13 PM

    Minister please improve the existing TV station and Web site with notes

    Shamala Kumar Wednesday, 13 March 2019 02:57 PM

    Teachers are responsible for our future. They have been ignored for too long. So glad they are finally coming together this way. In complete support!

    satha Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:23 PM

    What a surprise Mr.Stalin is an anti Sri Lankan,where poor vi lagers and estate workers are suffering with poor earnings,under such worse economic situation trying to pull down the economy by staging strikes.


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