The Ceylon Teachers Service Union says the parents’ protest scheduled to be held on the 3rd of November is in no way an illegal act.
Taking to social media this morning, the Chief Secretary of the Union Mahinda Jayasinghe urged parents not to be intimidated by certain groups claiming the parents protest is illegal and that the protest is disrespectful towards state services.
Jayasinghe said parents are prepared to engage in protests, calling for prevailing issues to be resolved.
He said a message was circulated yesterday claiming that teachers influencing parents into protesting is punishable by law and asking parents to be cautious, adding no trade union has informed of this action to the Ministry of Education.
He said there was no requirement to inform the Ministry of the protest as it was not a trade union action.
Furthermore, commenting on rumours circulating pertaining to an island wide strike action by the Teachers’ and Principals’ Trade Union Alliance on the 8th of November, Jayasinghe said the Trade Union Alliance has not yet reached such a decision.
He said all trade unions together will announce future action on the 4th of November.
He noted discussions are ongoing, and further decisions will be reached by Thursday.
He urged the public not to be misled by false claims.