University non-academic staff expected to end strike on Wednesday

University non-academic staff expected to end strike on Wednesday

The strike launched by the non-academic staff of Sri Lanka Universities is expected to end on Wednesday following successful discussions held yesterday morning with the Minister of Higher Education.

The University Trade Union Joint Committee (UTUJC) co-chairman Edward Malwattage said the non-academic staff of the universities have decided to end the strike that was continued for 34 days from Wednesday, 4th April.

The union official said the decision to suspend the strike was taken at a discussion held today with Minister of Higher Education and Highways Kabir Hashim.

More than 15,000 non-academic workers from 15 Sri Lankan state universities launched an indefinite strike on February 28 making six demands including a 20 percent wage rise, a language proficiency allowance, increased concessionary loans, the introduction of medical insurance and a pension scheme

Malwattage said the Minister agreed to give 10 percent of the 35 percent monthly allowance requested with this month’s or next month’s salary and to issue the relevant circular tomorrow (3), and the strike would end after the circular is issued.

The co-chairman said although the solution reached today did not resolve 100 percent of their problems, the trade unions considering the operations of the university system, have decided not to seek the proverbial pound of flesh and end the trade union action.

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