Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake has said that no room will be left to paralyse Universities to achieve the end of Trade Unions. He emphasized that the Trade Union action planned by a group of University lecturers, despite the salary hike granted, is unreasonable.
The Minister said that when the wages of all employees were hiked by five percent, the University lecturers were granted an increase of 36.5 percent. He said he wished to tell the lecturers not to be duped by a handful who are against the President and attempting to topple the Government at a time when speedy changes were taking place within Universities and the threat the country is facing. He requested the lecturers not to become stakeholders of an anti government conspiracy. The Minister said he believed that 90 percent of Heads of Study Divisions and Faculties were not supporting this Trade Union action. He called on the lecturers not to be hoodwinked by this action which is totally illegal.
Higher Education Secretary Sunil Jayantha Navaratne said that actually after conversing with the President and Finance Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, they were also to get a hike of 36.25 percent. The granting of such an increase is significant when the other employees received a five percent hike when salary of all employees was increased by five percent. The Higher Education Secretary said that their problem was to consider whether it is reasonable to demand an immediate salary hike at this juncture.