Teacher unions to continue strike action
Trade unions of teachers and principals have decided to continue their strike action over salary anomalies by withdrawing from online academic activities.
General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) Joseph Stalin said that the decision was taken because they could not reach an agreement during their discussion with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (12).
The PM had informed the trade unions that steps will be taken to resolve the salary anomaly in two stages; the first phase in January next year and the second phase in January 2023.
However, the unions refused to agree with the plan.
Meanwhile, Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinghe said the Premier rejected their proposal to pay the said allowance in one go, claiming it is tough to take such a decision given the economic situation in the country.
“The Premier said there is no way to allocate further provisions since the Appropriation Bill has already been tabled,” he added.