University staff protesters were given solutions to demands, education ministry says

University staff protesters were given solutions to demands, education ministry says

University staff protesters were given solutions to demands, education ministry says

Written by Staff Writer

07 Aug, 2016 | 8:32 am

Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education, D.C Dissanayake, states that solutions to demands of non-academic staff of universities engaged in protest, were handed over to them in writing.

The secretary claimed that this letter was handed over during the meeting presided by State Minister Mohan Lal Grero with the participation of academic representatives of the trade unions on Aug. 6 evening.

Accordingly, the secretary said that solutions to all their demands were met, in addition to the request of a Rs. 2,500 salary increment.

However, chairperson of the University Joint Trade Union Alliance, Edward Malwattag,  said that although it was discussed during the meeting that an agreement would be signed, no agreement was signed at the end of the meeting.

Owing to that, Malwattage added, the strike will continue. When we made inquiries from Dissanayake, he said that an agreement could not be signed, and that instructions from the attorney general were needed.

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