Thursday, October 4, 2012

FUTA Strike end-Sri Lanka University Lecturers

Updated:11-10-2012 AT 7.10 PM

Sri Lanka’s longest university lecturer’s strike which runs over three months has temporally called off by the FUTA today.
Federation of University Teachers' Association (FUTA) says that the final decision has taken at the executive committee meeting today held at Open University Sri Lanka.
All arrangements have been made to re commence the academic activites of all universities from Monday October 15.
FUTA said ready to start evaluation of A/L papers that was delayed more than two month due to the strike of the university teachers.
Federation of University Teachers' Associatio (FUTA), the major lecturer association in Sri Lanka, with more than 4,000 academic members, is demanding that the government allocate 6% of Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product (GDP) to education, grant universities independence from political interference and increase lecturer salaries by 20%.
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  Updated:11-10-2012 AT 2.10 PM

Minister Basil Rajapaksha says FUTA agreed to call off the strike at the meeting on October 9 and if now they say government proposals are not agreeable,government ready to issue a new proposal.
The FUTA exco meeting is currently underway.
Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera’s letter did not support and meet our demands Says FUTA at their crucial executive committee meeting.
Hence FUTA will not participate for the joint media conference scheduled to hold with Higher education Ministry officials and Minister Basil Rajapaksha at 2 pm.

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Sri Lankan university lecturers strike to be end on Thursday (11-10-2012).Yesterday meeting between FUTA and Dr. P.B Jayasundara was successful.
Still the FUTA has not officially announced the strike called off. University opening dates will be notified in due course.

The Meeting between FUTA and Minister Basil Rajapaksha concluded short while ago.It was a fruitful meeting.
Charitha Herath,Damma Dissanayake and Jagath Wellawathta were also participated for the meeting.Minister S B Dissanayake didnt participate for the meeting.

Sri Lankan Government has invited to the FUTA for two critical meetings. The first meeting will be held between FUTA and Minister Basil Rajapaksha on Saturday(06 October) at 4 pm.
Sri Lankan government is hopefully looking forward to solve the University teachers problems. The second meeting will be held on Monday(08-10-2012) between FUTA and Dr.P.B. Jayasundara to resolve the current university lecturers’ strike which has reached 3 months. Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake will not participated for above meetings.

The Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA) launched a strike action from 4th July, demanding an increase of their salaries and allocates 6% GDP for education sector. 
Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake has visited the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters and they have asked Minister to be flexible to resolve strike. Chief Prelates have advised Higher Education Minister to work in harmony with all stakeholders to resolve the crisis facing universities.
On the instructions of the President, the Minister met the Maha Nayake of the Malwathu Chapter the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddharatha Sumangala Thero, the Maha Nayake of the Sri Lanka Ramanya Maha Nikaya the Most Venerable Naapane Pemasiri Thero, the Anu Nayake of the Asgiri Chapter Venerable Galagama Aththadassi Thero

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sri Lanka increase Salaries of University Lecturers

Sri Lankan Higher Education Ministry has decided increase the salary of university lecturers from October 1. The salary of a senior Professor has been increased to 140,721 rupees. The salary of an Assistant Lecturer has been increased to 55,775 rupees.
Therefore, the salary of a Senior Professor has been increased by 16.8 percent and an Assistant Lecturer has been increased by 3.25 percent. Higher Education Ministry said that no government in the past has increased the salaries of lecturers by this proportion.
Meanwhile government servants say that the increase of the salaries of university lecturers by this magnitude cannot be accepted under any circumstances.