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Uni officials to resign

Aug 2, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Senior university officials, vice chancellors and department heads have threatened to resign from their positions on August 16 if the demands of the university teachers’ are left unanswered.  Federation of University Teachers Association (FTUA) President Professor Sampath Amaratunga speaking to Daily Mirror today, stated that the majority of department heads and chancellors in all the universities are employed under a voluntary basis.  Amaratunga said, "The university system cannot operate without the contribution of these voluntary officials," he pointed out. The FUTA launched a token strike last Tuesday urging the University grants Commission (UGC) and the government to provide a salary hike promised during the recent presidential election. Among their main requests is an increase in the academic allowance by 25% as a short-term solution. However, following the token strike the UGC had informed the university teachers that a pay cut would be carried out for all the university teachers for not attending to work last Tuesday. Meanwhile a meeting was held this evening at the Higher Education Ministry headed by the Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake with the FTUA with regard to their requests. "We are hoping to receive a positive response to our requests during the meeting," Professor Amaratunga said.   www.dailymirror.lk/index.php/news/5533-uni-officials-threaten-to-resign-.html