University staff threatens to intensify strike
A group of university non-academic staff currently engaged in a trade union action has given an ultimatum to the government to provide solutions to their concerns by today.
University Trade Union Joint Committee Chairman Edward Malwattage has threatened to intensify their strike action, if the government fails to address their demands. Chairman Edward Malwattage said the government has failed to address their concerns despite the strike launched by the University non-academic staff entering its 41st day today.
The group has also requested President Maithripala Sirisena to intervene to resolve the stand-off between the Higher Education Ministry and university non-academic staff. The trade union action was launched on the 28th of February based on several demands including the government’s failure to issue a circular pertaining to a 10% raise in monthly allowance.
Academic activities at state universities across the country have disrupted owing to the on-going trade union action by university non-academic staff.