A discussion was held between Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Teacher-Principal Joint Trade Union Alliance today (26) at the Ministry. It is noteworthy that this meeting has taken place in the backdrop of the onging islandwide trade union action launched by school teachers and principals demanding solutions to the salary anomalies suffered by their employment for decades.
The discussion was very positive, Joseph Stalin, Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union said, adding however that further actions will be taken if the demands are not met.
He made this observation speaking to the reporters today (26).
The report of the Cabinet Sub-committee appointed to resolve the salary anomalies of the teachers and principals has been submitted to the Cabinet, Stalin revealed, adding that the Minister was requested to convey the views of the trade unions in making the recommendations of the Education Ministry.
The Joint Trade Union Alliance has also demanded that the salary proposed by the Sub committee be paid in instalments in full.
In the event that the Cabinet Sub-committee has proposed that the teacher-principal service be made a closed service, the trade unions have requested the Minister to expedite the needful.
Minister Gunawardena has requested the trade unions to assist in resolving the issue of releasing the results of the GCE Ordinary Level Examination and the stalling of online education.
Stalin added that the teachers and principals are ready to resume work from next Monday in any event was the issue resolved upon considering the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-committee and the demands made by the trade unions.