Oct 13, 2021

Teachers to continue strike

Teachers and Principals unions have decided to continue the strike, reports say.

The decision has been taken after a discussion with the members of the Teachers and Principals unions.

Yesterday (12), during a meeting with TU representatives, Prime Minister - Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the government agrees to increase salaries in three instalments in two budget stages as a resolution to eliminate their salary anomalies.

The meeting was held at the Temple Trees, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

However, Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe had later said false propaganda is being circulated on social media pertaining to matters raised during the discussion with the PM yesterday.He said if trade unions optimistically move forward together, they can win over demands of receiving increments in a single phase.The Chief Secretary said the representative of the Ministry of Finance continuously claimed they do not possess funds adding however trade unions will not accept the claim.Jayasinghe questioned the claims of a lack of funds when millions are spent on political projects under the pretence of development projects such as allocating Rs.100 million for the Chairman of the Provincial Development Committee, Rs.20 million to the Vice-Chairman, and Rs.2 million allocated to each Grama Niladhari Division and Rs.30 million for local authorities.He said all these projects are focused on next year’s Provincial Council Election.

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