Minister Wimal Weerawansa has requested the teacher and principal unions to withdraw trade union action as the government has proposed the best possible solution to salary anomalies.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information today, Minister Weerawansa claimed in addition to solving salary anomalies, the government has proposed a number of positive solutions to various long standing issues in the education sector.
The Minister said if any individual raises concerns over the ‘Subodhini’ commission not being mentioned, such individuals are attempting to take undue advantage of the situation.
He claimed the Rs.5,000 allowance was not proposed by any individual adding the Minister of Finance tabled the proposal which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in order to gain the trust of teachers and principles that the government will adhere to their demands.
Minister Weerawansa requested trade unions to leave aside the Rs.5,000 allowance issue and accept the common solution provided.
The Minister said only a certain group of students are affected due to the online teacher strike and requested all teachers and principals to resume duties.
Minister Weerawansa said the Cabinet disagreed with the salary recommendations of the ‘Subodhini’ commission since the National Salaries Commission rejected its recommendations.
The Minister said the Cabinet decided to establish the Ministerial Sub-Committee in order to provide a fair solution which will not hinder other services of the government, acceptable to trade unions and can be afforded by the government.
He said accordingly, the Sub-Committee proposed principal service Grade 3-1 salary to be increased by 19.54%, Rs.35,000 to Rs.42,000, Grade 2 salary by 22%, Rs.40,000 to Rs.48,000.
While SLPS 1 salary to be increased by 25%, Rs.46,000 to Rs.58,345. Minister Weerawansa said teachers’ service salary increments have also been proposed as SLTS 3-2 by 13.52%, Rs.27,000 to Rs.31,000.
While SLTS 3-1C receives a 16% increase, lower grades by 18%-19% with SLTS 3-1A receiving an increase of 20.43%.
He said these proposals have been approved by the Cabinet.
Minister Weerawansa said the government is exploring steps on how to implement the increments in a manner that can be afforded by the Treasury adding if the Treasury agrees to provide it in one payment the Finance Minister will announce it through the Budget.