President’s intervention sought
University lecturers, threatening to step down from the administrative level if the government fails to increase their salaries are planning to seek President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intervention for a salary hike.
After their attempt to press the government for an increment failed, the irate lecturers last week decided to inform President Rajapaksa in writing, urging for his immediate involvement.
Members of the FUTA who met last week decided to take alternative action to press the government to increase their salary scale.
The association last year forwarded a set of proposals to revise the existing salary system, but they to date, there has not been any response from the government.
“The government has only increased the salary by 36.25%, which is inadequate,” Dr. Dewasiri pointed out.
It was decided at last week’s meeting to write to President Mahinda Rajapksa personally for his intervention on this issue.
It was also decided that they would step down from the administrative level if the government failed to address their demands.“A particular deadline has not been decided. We would arrive at a decision on this during our future meetings. But, we would resort to this action if the government failed to address our issue,” Dr. Dewasiri said.
Higher Education Minister, S.B. Dissanayake in Parliament mid last year said the government would increase the salary of a senior lecturer by Rs. 200,000 from 57,000 and that the basic salary of a lecturer would be increased to 72,000 from Rs. 26,000.
Dr. Dewasiri however said that the current increment had not even come close to the figures mentioned by the Minister in Parliament.