Sri Lankan university lecturers to hand in resignations over wage demands

May 05, Colombo: University lecturers in Sri Lanka have decided to hand in their resignation letters today over salary hike demands.

The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) has said that its members are to resign from their voluntary posts over the failure on the part of the government to effectively address their demand for a salary hike.

FUTA President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri has said that the members are to hand over the resignation letters today while the Association will decide today regarding future union action, local media reported.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Sunil Jayantha Navaratne has told the National News Agency Lankapuvath that those who resign from all voluntary posts would not be offered any position in the university system in future.

According to Circular Number 956 of the University Grants Commission, such lecturers would not be included in the University system for any positions, the Secretary has stressed.

The Ministry says their decision to resign is not justifiable while measures have been taken to increase their salaries by 36.25%.

Devasiri has told the media that the situation over the salary dispute and possible union action will be explained to the public in a meeting to be held today at the Colombo Mahaweli Centre at 3:00 p.m.

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