The trade union action begun by trade unions in the education sector including that of teachers’ and Principals’ trade unions today (13th) by applying sick leave is a tremendous success says the General Secretary of Lanka Teacher Services Union (LTSU) Mahinda Jayasinghe.
The trade union action was successfully carried out in all national schools in the island except the Royal College, more than 90% of teachers and principals of schools participated in the trade union action of applying for sick leave said Mr Mahinda Jayasinghe. Also, agitations had been organized at more than 25 places in the island he pointed out.
The trade union action was carried out to protest against the failure to find solutions for salary anomalies in teachers’ and principals’ salaries that have existed for the last 22 years since 1997, the plunder of teachers’ and principals’ 30 months arrears by the government, failure to allocate 6% of GDP for education but force parents to spend for school development, against the denial of pension rights for teachers who are recruited after 01.01.2016 and deploying police to brutally attack the peaceful demonstration of teachers and principals held opposite the Ministry of Education on 28th February solve the of the governments to demand said Mr Jayasinghe.
The trade union action was a mighty blow aimed at the government said the General Secretary of LTSU adding that baton, tear gas and water cannon of Sri Lanka Police as well as garbage attacks of Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam’s political henchmen cannot deter the determination of the teachers and principals. He said the government would be given time till the last day of the 1st school term of this year which is 22nd April to solve the issues of teachers and principals and if no solutions are given before that more trade union action would be taken during the second school term without any notice he warned.