Non-academic university staff launch strike; lecturers unable to access workrooms

Non-academic university staff launch strike; lecturers unable to access workrooms

Non-academic university staff launch strike; lecturers unable to access workrooms

Written by Lahiru Fernando

31 Mar, 2016 | 10:07 pm

Non-academic university staff attached to all universities in the country commenced a token strike on Thursday March 31, causing disruptions to the flow of activities at universities.

The staff are yet to receive salary increments and other state-provided benefits, says the Inter University Trade Union Joint Committee.

Non-academic university staff stepped away from their duties on Thursday morning, as a mark of protest. University administration officers, security guards, drivers and all university employees joined in the protest, bringing all activities related to the positions to a halt.

The government should take action since the requests of the non academic staff members of all universities are reasonable, says the University Teachers Association.

According to Dr. Rangika Halwatura of the Federation of University Teachers’ Association, the lecturers of the universities were not able to access their own official work rooms.

Meanwhile, during an inquiry, the University Grants Commission’s President Professor Mohan de Silva stated that even the grants commission’s non academic staff members were involved in the protest. He further stated that the requests made by the non academic staff members seem reasonable and many requests have been made to the treasury requesting a solution for the problem.

News 1st’s attempts to contact Minister of Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella proved futile.

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