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The 200% salary increase demanded by the University academics cannot be provided and the demand is politically motivated against the government, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today

The President added that if the University academics requested for a discussion regarding their demands it could be arranged.

If a 200% salary hike is given to the University academics other education officials will also demand such a hike and it is unreasonable for them to demand something the government is unable to fulfill, the President said today.

President Rajapaksa expressed these views after being questioned regarding the trade union action currently being carried out by the University academics island wide. (Daily Mirror online)  

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  • Maidan Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:03 AM

    for 200% will they work 100%

    Ranger Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:06 AM

    Mr. President, If the academics pay rise is politically motivated, what will you do about it. Will they join the General in jail ??

    sam Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:27 AM

    Others buy bread too. but it looks like no one else has the guts to go on strike.

    Epa Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:13 PM

    yes,that why our parents pay millions for so called university studies those are profit making institutions. not run by tax payers. this is the real time to change the university system including academic,and management .

    Darwin Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:20 PM

    What is the percentage rise in price of a loaf of bread in the last 5 years? Then we can see that 200% is not a very big increase to ask for.

    Veritas Tuesday, 10 May 2011 02:42 PM

    Teachers are not paid enough in this country, which is one of the reasons educational results are so poor.

    Hamlet Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:24 PM

    Wonderful Sarcasm. Does anyone else get it?

    DUWI Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:06 AM

    No wonder Sri Lanka's university system is in a mess. In the US, Singapore etc. People go from the private sector to academia for employment because the pay is good.

    hrm Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:18 PM

    then only uni academics buy bread?

    Judge Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:13 PM

    Govt. is not paying the pension of many old and infirm due to lack of funds. So how do you expect it to increase the salaries of teachers.

    Goda Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:47 PM

    HE why did you then promised them before the election.?

    KD Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:57 PM

    The teachers are just dumb and some of the harass and even rape students.

    Darwin Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:07 PM


    sajith Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:07 PM

    Then why did you promise it during the election?

    Shayam Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:13 PM

    They should be given appropriate recognition. Not the downgrading.

    Wara Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:26 AM

    Yeah, they should ask it from Ranil. Who gave a huge salary hike in 2002-04 era !!

    DS Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:14 PM

    The corrupt politicians ruin our country thro illegal deals, corruption, waste and unneccessary spending. Pls stop these and all the working class can earn a reasonable increament

    malik Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:21 PM

    You are asking from a wrong person you have to ask from Ranil.He will will say the same think when he come to power.

    cj Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:19 PM

    others are against 'panpiti thrasthawadaya'

    Bluff Bluff Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:27 AM

    That is quite true sir. But just give them a full and final increment Rs. 2500 you promised and finish it off!

    cj Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:23 PM

    You are spot on. Teaching has become a part time or below par position as a result

    palithaeka Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:25 PM

    Salary has to earn by anybody. Not only university teachers anybody in this country not working for their salary in the government sector. All are sharing tax payers money.

    Don Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:33 PM

    Teachers are asking for feathers from a Tortoise.

    Punchi Putha Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:40 AM

    We could have managed any salary rise, if we were prudent enough. How much money spent on IIFA and all other tamashas. Also think about the money which into the pockets of our big wigs!

    Darrak Tuesday, 10 May 2011 04:55 PM

    Please do not degrade teachers. They are the second parents who are responsible for shaping the country's future generation. They should be treated with dignity and respect.

    Ragu Wednesday, 11 May 2011 04:36 AM

    LTTE fight with arms and bullet, But university academics will fight with pen and knowledge. Mr. president , do not cheat them. You and HE minister promised .

    Puncha Wednesday, 11 May 2011 05:35 AM

    They already working 100%.

    sam Wednesday, 11 May 2011 05:40 AM

    Actually they are working 500% for the current 100%

    Nihal Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:32 AM

    Ask the students who are forced to attend Pvt Tuition classes due to the low grade teaching in schools.

    ind Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:33 AM

    Pocketing is coming from ages. In mahaveli project, it's allocated 30% as "vastage" where as they can use as they want. Not a new thing of only this government thing.

    asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:45 AM

    people in this country must understand at this time it is very difficult to give a salary hike like that. if go like this, all others will also ask the same and how come our president could maintain a cabinet like this? we must understand, first all benefits must be given to politicians as they are the ones who develop the country... weldone president.. we like the way you do...

    monk Wednesday, 11 May 2011 06:45 AM

    The proposed salary increase is ties to research, i don't think dons understand what that word "research" means

    spark Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:55 AM

    This is like asking the fox to look into the security of the chickens.

    Ruvini Wednesday, 11 May 2011 02:58 AM

    they are underpaid. Compare their salaries with Central bank and military forces.

    Musthafa Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:06 AM

    present situation - we need minimum SLR 100,000 per month for a middle class family in Sri Lanka, if a Phd guy work in forign country like Europe or Gulf minimum salary will be USD 10,000 or more as we know- even an engineer earn minimim USD 5000. I do not know how a professor in Sri Lanka can servive with low salry to maintain his family and day today expenses also the other expenses. Goverment must consider thier requirements to raise the salary in all sectors- teaches- minimum SLR30,000. Engineerings and Doctors- SLR 50,000 and Professors minimum 120,000 SLR, to keep them in the job.

    Black Mamba Wednesday, 11 May 2011 03:00 AM

    But they can never say 'no' to indiscriminate price increases!!!!They are getting bolder and bolder and getting closer and closer to that one man show!!!

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