The talks held between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and teacher principal trade unions pertaining to salary anomalies have ended in a stalemate.
The Prime Minister has agreed to increasing the salaries of teachers and principals in two phases opposed to the three recommended by the Ministerial Subcommittee appointed to table recommendations to eliminate salary anomalies.
The Prime Minister had stated that one phase of the salary will be provided in January 2022 and the second phase in January 2023.
Speaking to media Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe said the three-hour long discussion was held at the Office of the Prime Minister in order to resolve salary anomalies that have been prevalent for 24 years.
He said trade unions were against accepting the Ministerial Subcommittee’s proposals adding they demanded the proposed increments in one phase.
The Chief Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union Joseph Stalin meanwhile said teacher principal trade unions will discuss the proposals tabled at today’s meeting and announce a final decision tomorrow.
Stalin said their main demand was for the Ministerial Subcommittee’s recommendation to be enforced in one phase opposed to four.
He said after a lengthy discussion the Prime Minister conveyed the government stance that the increments will be provided in two phases.
He however said trade unions have not reached an agreement on the matter.
Stalin said they will continue union action adding they are firmly rooted in the position that the proposal should be enforced in one phase.