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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1557

Sri Lanka University Teachers call off the strike - to return to work from today

By J.A. Fernando in Colombo
Colombo, 12 October, (

Sri Lanka’s Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) has decided to suspend its trade union action and report to work from Friday.

Although the FUTA members did not participate at the joint media conference with the government scheduled earlier today a joint media briefing with the participation of government Ministers and the President of the Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) was to be held at the Ministry of Economic Development.

However the government ministers met today evening and the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa addressing the press conference in Colombo said that followed by the discussions during the meetings with FUTA officials the university teachers of Sri Lankan had agreed to call off the strike action that lasted for couple of months. Higher Education Minister S.B.Dissanayake and other education officials too were present with his ministry officials.

Speaking to the Asian Tribune Dr Sunil Jayantha Nawaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education said that teachers have confirmed that they will return to work from tomorrow, Friday 12th October.

Meanwhile in a separate gathering organized by the university teachers, Dr. Mahim Mendis, spokesman for FUTA said that the trade union action by the Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) will be temporarily called off tomorrow.

However Dr. Mendis had said that they are dissatisfied by the government’s proposals and the only reason they are suspending the strike action was due to the difficulties faced by students.

- Asian Tribune -

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