The university non-academic staff had agreed to call off their month-long work stoppage following a discussion with Higher Education and Highways Minister Kabir Hashim.
University Trade Union Joint Committee Chairman Edward Malwattage told a news briefing the minister agreed to increase the lieu leave allowance by ten percent.
However, he said the strike would continue until they receive the circular issued by the ministry confirming the agreement tomorrow.
Mr. Malwattage said the minister had also agreed to appoint a separate committee to look into the other concerns of the non-academic staff.
He said the union had also demanded for a language allowance which had been submitted to the Cabinet for approval. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Unchikun Monday, 02 April 2018 09:11 PM
The government should not given Into these thugs. In my opinion the only people I see working hard for living is the private bus drivers and the conductors. Yes, they are not disciplined. I am referring to working hard under all odds.
Amal Abeyratne Monday, 02 April 2018 10:51 PM
Quite right. Most of the non-academic staff are sleeping during working hours. Go to a laboratory or a library and check their presence during working hours. They are relaxing or sleeping. Others are working another income. Such as riding three wheelers for a fee.
Saman Tuesday, 03 April 2018 08:56 AM
No-academics belongs to many categories. From Registrar to the laborer. Some laboratories have whole 7 day morning and evening practicals for about 200 students. Do you think those instruments glass wares get washed themselves? Clerical staff sleeping whole day? Technical officers sleep whole day and but things get it done smoothly while they sleeping? They do not get the benefits of normal government servants like the pension. They do not get bonuses like in the banks, telecom. They are fighting for the unfair treatments for different groups.
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