including administrative officers against the government’s delay in rectifying anomalies in their salaries.
All examinations had to be postponed.
President of the Inter University Trade Union Federation R. M. Chandrapala told The Island that their trade union
action had been very successful and all universities including Jaffna had supported the strike.
“We will go on strike today too as scheduled,” he said.
Chandrapala said that if the government failed positively to respond to their 48-hour token strike they would
launch an all-out strike from Feb. 29.
He said the university non academic workers had been taken for a ride by successive governments since 2006 and the
incumbent Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake had followed suit.
“But this time around we will not give up our agitation until demands are met,” Chandrapala said, adding they had
demonstrated through the strike that universities could not function without them.
When contacted by The Island for comment, Secretary to the Higher Education Ministry Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne
said that discussions with non-academics had not been successful.
He said that the National Salaries and Cadre Commission (NSCC) did not accept that there were anomalies in the
salaries of university non academic staff.
“We will find a solution shortly for this problem,” Dr. Navaratne said.
by Dasun Edirisinghe