Feb 26, Colombo: University teachers in Sri Lanka have given a deadline to the government to grant their demands and threatened to initiate stern trade union action if the demands were not granted by then.
The executive committee of the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) that met on February 24 has decided allow until March 15 to grant their demands.
The FUTA has informed the decision to the Ministry of Higher Education in writing, says Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri, the Chairman of the Federation.
“The Ministry has been given till March 15th to address the lecturers’ issues, especially the promised salary hike,” he has told the media.
The FUTA says that the government has agreed to implement the salary revision granted to them in four stages.
However, the second stage that was to be implemented from January this year has not realized yet, the union says.
The government granted this salary revision to the university teachers following a lengthy trade union action last year.
Dr. Devasiri says that the university teachers are also demanding an increase for the evaluation of answer scripts of the internal examinations and also an increase of the allowances for the visiting lecturers.