Teacher principal trade unions have decided to continue the strike action over salary anomalies.
Representatives of the trade unions speaking at a media briefing today confirmed their decision.
Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union Joseph Stalin said the trade union struggle will continue as solutions provided at the discussion yesterday with the Prime Minister at the Temple Trees is insufficient.
Stalin said they called for recommendations in the ‘Subodhini’ report to be enforced adding that the report by the Ministerial Subcommittee was taken into consideration.
He charged that it was proposed to divide the overdue payments to three phases, one payment this year and the other two payments next year adding they are calling for a one-time payment.
He claimed that despite a three-and-a-half-hour discussion, a final decision could not be reached adding that the Treasury Secretary and the Budget Director made repeated interruptions in order to delay the process.
Stalin said a sum of Rs.30 billion is required in order to settle the salary anomalies issue.
He charged the government of refusing to make the allocation and instead allocating funds for more wasteful expenditure.
Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe joining the media briefing said they are displeased with the solutions put forward during the discussion with the Prime Minister.
Jayasinghe said they stressed that if the discussion was focused on proceeding with the Cabinet decision that they were opposed to; the talks would be futile.
He called for the ‘Subodini’ report recommendations to be enforced adding this was the stance of all trade unions.
Jayasinghe claimed the government faction however reiterated its stance that it will be provided in three phases.
Member of the Teachers Principal Trade Union Alliance Ven. Yalewela Pannasara thera also speaking at the media briefing said trade unions will convene once again to discuss whether to contribute to the opening of schools with less than 200 students.
The thera said they are dissatisfied by the proposed resolutions adding they decided to remain engaged in the current strike action.
The thera said the decision will be announced within the week or next as to whether they will resume duties on the 21st of October.