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Dons demand withdrawal of circular

Dons demand withdrawal of circular

2012 Dec 03

University teachers are demanding the immediate withdrawal of circular No. 955, of 28th April, 2011, which the University Grants Commission (UGC) claimed would have to be discussed with the Labour Commissioner and the Treasury.

The withdrawal of the circular would be the highlight today (03) when university teachers meet Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake at the Ministry.

This decision had been taken at the executive committee meeting, of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA), held at the Open University on Thursday (Nov. 29).

FUTA demanded the cancellation of eight circulars, including No. 955 when suspending their 100–day-long strike on Oct. 12.

But, the UGC informed all Vice Chancellors two weeks ago, that out of eight circulars, three would be rescinded shortly, two could only be amended, one remained and other two circulars, including No. 955 would be discussed with the Labour Commissioner and the Treasury.

FUTA President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri told The Island the executive committee decided to demand that the circular No 955, which deals with allowances for the purpose of computing the Universities Provident Fund, Employees Trust Fund and Payment of Gratuity be withdrawn.

Dr. Dewasiri said that they did not force the withdrawal of circular No. 890, which dealt with the deduction pay for the days the teachers were on strike though all public sector employees were entitled to full pay.

The senior academic said that they discussed immediate the withdrawal of circular No. 955 with Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, too, at a meeting on Tuesday.

"However, we will take up the issue again at the scheduled meeting with the Higher Education Minister today," Dr. Dewasiri said.

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