SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan teachers to protest against budget

Sunday 2 November 2014

Date: 28 October 2014

Source:Colombo Page

Type: News

Keywords: Education budget, social services

Oct 28, Colombo: An education sector trade union in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) announced that it would start agitations at Provincial level against government’s failure to grant promotions for the teachers and pay arrears for three years.

The secretary of the union Mahinda Jayasinghe said that the teachers’ promotions have been suspended since July 2008 but the new gazette has stated that they would be paid from November 2011.

He pointed out that the teachers have lost the promotions and arrears for three years.

The union further said that Rs. 40 billion that is needed to pay the arrears has not been allocated in the next year’s budget.

The union further stated that the President similarly promised to grant the promotions and arrears in 2010 before the Presidential election but they were not granted for the last four years.

Ceylon Teachers’ Union secretary Joseph Stalin Fernando said that the first agitation against the new minutes of the teaching service would be held in Galle tomorrow.

He said that the salary anomalies of the teachers and principals have not been revoked by the new minute.###

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