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Dons without pension need pay hike “ FUTA

2013 Jul 27

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) has requested that teachers be given a pay hike as they were not entitled to a pension.

FUTA President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri told The Island yesterday that even the Chairperson of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama had agreed that university teachers should be given a pay hike as they were not entitled to pensions.

He said that the UGC Chairperson had, at a public function, said that university lecturers had to live on the interest on their savings as there was no pension scheme for them. She had also said that they had to face several hardships after retirement as a result. "We asked for a salary hike, too, to suspend last year’s strike," he said, adding that, however, the present UGC Chairperson had criticised their demand as the Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University at that time.

"It is good that she has accepted the FUTA demand at least a year later," Dr. Dewasiri said.

The senior lecturer said that the government, too, had recognised the FUTA demand for an increase in the salaries of university teachers and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa had accepted it in the agreement between the FUTA and the government.

The FUTA expected to review the progress of the agreement to grant their demands at a meeting with the Higher Education Ministry shortly, Dr. Dewasiri said.

When contacted for comment UGC Chairperson Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama denied having made such a statement.

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