Unions have questioned the motive behind the appointment of a Cabinet Sub-committee to deliberate and resolve concerns of teachers related to salary anomalies.
Speaking to media, Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe said the move is only another delaying tactic by the government.
He said the government is trying to buy time without providing a solution to the demands of the teachers. Mahinda Jayasinghe however appreciated some Ministers for expressing strong opinion at yesterday’s weekly Cabinet meeting for the need to provide answers to the salary anomalies issues.
Mahinda Jayasinghe said teachers and principals will continue their trade union action until the demands are met.
The CTSU Secretary said while the government has a right to appoint committees, the unions also have a right to stage protests to win their legitimate demands.
Meanwhile, commenting on allegations levelled against him, Mahinda Jayasinghe said he is not prepared to respond to baseless claims made by factions who are attempting to sabotage his trade union work.
He however stressed that he has never committed any financial crimes throughout his professional career or while being involved as trade unionist.
Yesterday, the Cabinet appointed a four-member Ministerial Sub-committee to deliberate and provide recommendations to resolve the issues faced by principals and teachers including salary anomalies.
The Cabinet Sub-committee comprises of Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Dullas Alahapperuma, Prasanna Ranatunga and Mahinda Amaraweera.