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Graduate employees demand permanent placements

2013 Jul 18

By Aisha Nazim


Previously unemployed graduates, who were subsequently given employment by the Public Administration Ministry, are yet to receive permanent placements despite having been employed for over one and a half years, the Graduate Employees' Union (GEU) said.



Speaking to Ceylon Today, GEU General Secretary, Chandana Sooriyarachchi, said of the 50,000 graduates who were provided with jobs over a year and a half ago, only 16,000 were given permanent placements.



None of the graduates are entitled to sit for the Sri Lanka Administrative Services (SLAS) Limited Examination, he further said.

He noted there were various categories for those of other professions, excluding graduates, to apply for the examination, and thus requested the Public Administration Ministry to allow the latter to sit for it.



"According to the Public Administration Ministry, the authorities have forwarded a proposal to the Cabinet, which would permit graduates to sit for the SLAS examination. However, that was six months ago and we are still awaiting a response. If a favourable response is not made any time soon, we will launch more trade union action," Sooriyarachchi warned.



In a protest launched last month, permanent placements were demanded for the still trainee graduates. Threatening further action, they said they would also engage in sick-leave campaigns and token strikes, if their requests are unheeded.

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