Teacher unions waiting for Cabinet decision; Not prepared to back down

Unions say they will not back down on their demands pertaining to resolving the salary anomalies of teachers and principals.

Speaking to media, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinhe said they will decide on the future course of action regarding their protest campaign after a decision has been announced by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The report compiled by the Ministerial subcommittee appointed to provide recommendations to resolve the salary anomalies of teachers and principals will be presented before the Cabinet of Ministers today.

The report was presented to the Ministry of Finance last week and based on the recommendations of the Treasury and the Ministry; it will be tabled before the Cabinet today.

Members of the committee held discussions with a number of trade unions who had presented their propositions while views of the Ministry of Education were also obtained.

Mahinda Jayasinhe said he will not comment on the report or its contents but will make an announcement after a decision is made known by the Cabinet.

He reiterated that unions will continue their protests until a favorable solution is provided.

The CTSU Secretary noted that discussions were held during the past two weeks, and they have also presented their demands to resolve the matter.

He said unions have decided to continue the e-petition campaign, cyber protest and also responding to baseless allegations hurled at them by various factions.

Mahinda Jayasinhe urged authorities to resolve the matter promptly and restore normalcy in the education sector.

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