The University Trade Union Joint Committee (UTUJC) today decided to continue its strike action because the authorities had failed to issue a circular on the agreement reached with the Higher Education and Highways Minister Kabir Hashim on Monday.
It had earlier decided to suspend the work stoppage after the higher education authorities agreed to grant a ten percent increment to the lieu leave allowance of the University non-academic staff.
UTUJC Chairman Edward Malwattage said though negotiations were carried out the circular on the agreement had not been issued.
He said though the minister had agreed to grant their demands the officials keep delaying to carry out the minister’s instructions and therefore the 15,000 non-academic staff would continue with their work stoppage launched on February 27.
This has resulted in the academic activities at some 15 State universities and higher education institutions functioning under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) coming to a standstill. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
Review cric Wednesday, 04 April 2018 01:49 PM
Trade unions should be banned in Sri Lanka. What good have they done in recent years other than to deny others their freedom of movement and right to earn a living and do the dirty work of politicians..
Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 04 April 2018 02:27 PM
With poor education at Sri Lanka's universities, it also does not matter if students are trained a few months less.
Rdf Wednesday, 04 April 2018 02:49 PM
What sin have we collectively done to deserve such a government. As we elected it let’s blame ourselves. There seems to be no functioning government on any front.
Saman Wednesday, 04 April 2018 04:21 PM
For Airport staff 1 hour strike - 10,000 salary hike. Government simply don't want universities to function. So they can make private universities and get millions of commissions for the process.
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