Cabinet approval is a fraud, strike will continue until all demands are met – FUTA

The cabinet approval of the recommendations in the joint memorandum submitted by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapakse and Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayaka is a fraud and university teachers would not suspend the trade union action until all demands were met states Vice-President of Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) Ven. Dhambara Amila Thera.

Speaking to the media Ven. Amila Thera said the document stating the cabinet meeting chaired by the President held at Temple Trees had approved the eight proposals put forward to resolve the university teachers’ issue was handed over to FUTA yesterday (31st) morning. He said the document cannot be trusted for anything and added what the cabinet has approved are other matters but not the demands university teachers had made.

He said the main demand of the university teachers was to increase the allocation for education to 6% of GNP but the cabinet has not approved this. Instead, it has decided to allocate funds for primary, secondary, tertiary, adult, technical and higher education in line with international standards.

University teachers, as a solution for the difficulty in recruiting the academic staff for universities on a special category, asked the government to place them on a higher salary scale. The cabinet has accepted the special category but nothing has been mentioned regarding the salary increase pointed out Ven. Amila Thera.

The cabinet has also ignored the proposal that the committee for categorizing should include a member from FUTA. Instead, the cabinet has stated a member of the university community would be included in the committee. This would allow the government to appoint anyone they would prefer pointed out Ven. Amila Thera. He said the cabinet has ignored all demands made by university teachers.

As such, the document with cabinet approval has been totally rejected by university teachers and they have decided to continue with the strike said Ven. Amila Thera.


0 #5 2012-09-03 07:40
public might not know these secrets.\
How many hours per week they work?? How many researches they have done? can they teach without bringing their old files and notes.
whatabout their moral behaviour
How many days they are at home including vacations

0 #4 2012-08-31 22:48
University teachers are not the only category who deserve higher salaries.All other government servants deserve salary increase.Therefore everybody ask for salary increase.It is unfair to increase for only one category.It should be increased to all the services.
0 #3 2012-08-31 18:39
All corrupt Politicians are responsible for turning democratic Sri Lanka to lawless Banana Republic. They are slowly but surely ruining the Nation starting with Education. When the country is full of uneducated FOOLS it is easy for their survival. It is about time those honest Politicians (if any) get to gether irrespective of party politics to save the Nation. God save former democratic Sri Lanka.
0 #2 2012-08-31 18:18
I predicted this Cabinet dicisions are quick fixers, they will never be implimented like what has happend to so many things, so it is best that the agitate and win their demands
0 #1 2012-08-31 15:47
Do you also want the education allowances demanded by the rogue FUTA to send their children to private schools?

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