Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera says strict legal action will be taken if teachers who report to work after schools reopen, are threatened or intimidated by trade union representatives.
The Minister urged all teachers and principals to return to schools without fear of being subject to any intimidation.
The Minister speaking at an event yesterday said he has been informed by teachers that many are being forced to be a part of the strike action.
He stated that the government has provided concessions for the teacher principal salary anomalies, and questioned why the trade unions did not hold similar strike actions during the term of the good governance government if their concerns have been prevalent for 20 years.
Minister Weerasekera added the economy has been gravely affected due to the coronavirus while the income generated through the tourism has dropped significantly with many expatriates returning home having lost employment.
While noting that protesting is a democratic right, the Minister questioned if the current measures are justifiable.