UNIVER­SITY NONACA­DEMIC STAFF TO RE­SUME WORK TO­DAY

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY THILANKA KANAKARATHNA

The Univer­sity non-aca­demics will re­sume du­ties to­day af­ter a work stop­page of 44 days crip­pling the en­tire univer­sity sys­tem.

The Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion is­sued the cir­cu­lar grant­ing the union de­mand of ten per­cent salary in­cre­ment last Tues­day, af­ter that, they called off their strike.

Fol­low­ing a dis­cus­sion held with Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Kabir Hashim early this month, the Univer­sity non-aca­demic staff was ready to re­port to duty from April

The Univer­sity non-aca­demic staff was ready to re­port to duty from April 4, how­ever, was post­poned as the au­thor­i­ties de­layed the is­suance of the cir­cu­lar

4, how­ever, was post­poned as the au­thor­i­ties de­layed the is­suance of the cir­cu­lar.

Ear­lier, on Wed­nes­day (11) the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is­sued a warn­ing that the tem­po­rary non-aca­demic work­ers of Uni­ver­si­ties who fail to re­port to duty on or be­fore April 17 would be con­sid­ered as va­cated from their ser­vice.

It stated that staff on per­ma­nent cadre, who con­tin­ued to strike would not be paid their salaries, for the days they were on strike and not re­ported for duty.

Mean­while, Univer­sity Trade Union Joint Com­mit­tee (UTUJC) Chair­man Ed­ward Mal­wattage said a com­mit­tee to be ap­pointed by the au­thor­i­ties as in­structed by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter to look into the staff’s other de­mands such as lan­guage pro­fi­ciency al­lowance, con­ces­sion­ary loans, med­i­cal in­sur­ance and a pen­sion scheme.

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