Education sector trade unions in Sri Lanka to support union action by university lecturers

Apr 16, Colombo: Education sector trade unions in Sri Lanka have extended support to the union action planned by university lecturers demanding a salary hike.

The Ceylon Teacher Services Union (CTSU) has said it would support trade union action by university lecturers demanding a salary increment if the government did not resolve the crisis in the education sector.

CTSU Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe has told the media, “Many teacher unions withdrew from marking examination papers and this led to the government going to Courts against the trade union action at the time. But we are still waiting for the government to fulfill its promises.”

According to him, the union supported the decision taken by lecturers to withdraw from grading GCE A/Level papers as the government had not fulfilled its promise of rectifying the 40 percent salary anomaly.

The Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) has threatened union action if the government fails to grant them a salary increment.

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