Following failed discussions with the Education Ministry officials today, all teachers' trade unions have decided to gather at the Fort Railways Station on Wednesday (22) to take further decisions about their trade union actions, Ceylon Teachers' Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin said.
He told the Daily Mirror that all teachers' trade unions, including the CTU, the All-Island United Teachers' Union (AIUTU), and the Joint Teachers' Service Union (JTSU), claimed that they would engage in trade union action if the government failed to provide solutions for the sudden decision to dissolve the National School Teacher Transfer Board.
"We came out of the meeting that was held at the ministry because the discussion failed," he said.
"The President had a discussion about these teacher transfers today with the participation of the Teacher Transfer Board director and another person. During the meeting, it was decided to double check the approved transfer before it is implemented," he said.
The President cannot intervene to double-check the teacher transfers as they were completed by the team appointed by the ministry. We're wondering how presidents can get involved with this transfer board. A President cannot intervene in the democratic procedures of a separate ministry.
The Education Minister and the Secretary are not aware of the decision taken by the President.
Therefore, we have called all the teacher unions to gather in front of the Fort Railways Station to oppose the President's decision, Stalin said.
"Our trade union action will continue until our demands are met," he added. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)
Sam Silva Monday, 20 March 2023 06:21 PM
You object the teacher's transfers on what grounds and want to protest to disrupt the school children's education ??
Karalasingam Sivalingam Monday, 20 March 2023 08:19 PM
H.E. Ranil should have a dialogue with the teachers Unions and sort out their grievances at this moment. "Nip in the bud" instead of allowing the problems to inflate.
Nm Monday, 20 March 2023 08:42 PM
So the President of the country cannot get involved in the matters of ministry of education. Only Josef stalin, the namesake of the Russian dictator can.
Rohan S Monday, 20 March 2023 09:11 PM
Guess they better take the train to oblivion and leave the country to get on its feet again.
Dilshan Monday, 20 March 2023 09:55 PM
How can talks succeed if not done in good faith. All these unions want is to create a situation for them to strike and/or protest.
Tissa Fernando Monday, 20 March 2023 09:57 PM
University education was systematically destroyed by JVP and primary and secondary education is now being purposely destroyed by this cancerous Stalin and hid stupid followers.
Joker or hero? Tuesday, 21 March 2023 08:43 AM
Every body thinks he is the hero in real life, but he is nothing but just a comedian trying to get noticed. Stalin is just a nobody, and we can see him getting thrown off from the scene. Make sure that you don't get pelted with tomatoes at the protest!
mukesh Tuesday, 21 March 2023 09:18 AM
when will they get in to classrooms and teach
ajith Tuesday, 21 March 2023 09:19 AM
The parents of students who are deprived of education in schools should gather outside fort station and stone these people
Randil Tuesday, 21 March 2023 10:38 AM
But the tuition teachers won’t be there. They have better use for their time.
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