Teacher unions have rejected press reports that had claimed 25 persons who attended recent strikes have succumbed after contracting COVID-19.
General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinhe said the report by a prominent state newspaper had claimed nearly 400 individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 after taking part in protests.
Mahinda Jayasinhe said the report has been published quoting an union leader attached to the present administration. He requested the individual in question and the paper to publish the full details of persons who died of COVID-19 after taking part in protests.
Mahinda Jayasinhe said they will request the editor of the newspaper to retract and issue a clarification since they have no evidence.
He noted the Minister of Mass Media is also responsible for the publication and therefore they have written to him demanding a retraction.
On a separate note, CTSU General Secretary Mahinda Jayasinhe said certain factions are engaged in tarnishing the image of trade union leaders by posting fake advertisements.
He said some affiliated with the government have been publishing fake advertisements and had used phone numbers of trade union leaders.
The CTSU General Secretary noted that they have been constantly getting calls inquiring about Rapid Antigen Test kits, coronavirus relief packages and on vehicles.
He said they will not be discouraged by such attempts. Mahinda Jayasinhe said they will continue their struggle until their reasonable demands are met.