Uni Executives quit additional duties to support non-academic staff strike

By Nilantha Madurawala

Members of the University Executive Officers’ Association have decided to withdraw from extra duties in solidarity with striking non academic staff.

Secretary of the Association, Registrar of Uva Wellassa University M. Careem said they had written to Minister of Higher Education, Kabir Hashim and the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) requesting them to address the grievances of non academic staff members.

Non academic staff unions claim that although they have been striking for two weeks their demands have not been met.

Around 15,000 non-academic staff members from 15 state universities launched an indefinite strike late last month calling upon the Ministry of Higher Education to implement the agreements reached in 2016 to grant them allowances, etc. The university examinations scheduled for this month have been postponed due to the strike.

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