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Uni. academics on strike today

Uni. academics on strike today

2011 Mar 15

The academic staff of all the universities in the island would go on strike today demanding a pay hike.

In a bizarre turn of events the Federation of the University Teachers’ Associations met the media at roadside as journalists

were not allowed to enter the Colombo university  yesterday.

They warned that the functions of the universities would be affected adversely if their demands are not met forthwith.

FUTA President Dr. Nimal Devasiri told media that they were forced to launch a strike as the assurance given by the Secretary to the President, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, and Higher Education authorities that a fair solution would be given to the salary demands of university teachers through the 201 1 budget had not been implemented to date.

He recalled that that FUTA launched union action last year but decided to postpone it indefinitely after the assurance was given by the authorities that their grievance would be attended to. Nevertheless, he said, the salary demands of the university teachers were not adequately addressed in the budget.

Dr. Devasiri said they had proposed a 5% allowance given to the public sector, 6.25% (out of the basic salary) as an additional academic allowance, and 25% research and development allowance.

He said the government hurriedly issued a circular regarding the payment of the research and development allowance before the announcement of their trade union action.

 

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