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Teachers and principals union action won’t be halted-CTSU

The Ceylon Teachers’ Union says the teachers’ and principals’ trade union action will not be halted.

Speaking during a media briefing this morning, Chief Secretary of the Union Joseph Stalin said certain government officials were taking measures to sabotage the trade union action.

Stalin said teachers and principals of all schools will be on strike on Thursday and Friday.

He said the government will reopen schools under three phases, the first of which will see academic activities resuming for students of grades one to five classes in nearly 3,000 schools.

He claimed the Ministry of Public Administration has taken steps intervene in their strike action adding the Ministry’s Secretary has issued a letter to newspapers that the confirmation of employment of graduates will be uncertain, if they do not return to duty on the 21st of October.

The Chief Secretary said at present, 18,000 graduates are employed for a monthly salary of Rs.20,000 which is a theft of labour.

Stalin charged the government of using these graduates to sabotage the trade union action.

Meanwhile taking to social media this morning, the General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers Service Union Mahinda Jayasinghe charged the government of using other tactics to sabotage the trade union struggle.

Jayasinghe said everyone is aware that the trade union action lasted for 99 days which rendered the government speechless and it forced the present administration to listen to the concerns of teachers.

He said during the period the government attempted to intimidate teachers by using police force, arresting and producing them before court as well.

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