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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 - 12:55
Strike brings universities to a standstill. Non-academics on 3 hour strike.
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Activities within several universities throughout the island have been severely hampered owing to the strike action launched by the University Teachers Association.

Vice Chancellors attached to the universities of Colombo, Sri Jayawardhanapura and Ruhuna stated that academic activities within these universities were hampered in the resulting strike.

However Vice Chancellor of the Kelaniya University Dr. Sarath Amunugama noted that activities of the Kelaniya University had not been affected by the strike.

Informed sources state that the Federation of University Teachers' Association had discussed their woes concerning salary anomalies with President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday.

During the meeting the president had agreed to provide solutions for the issue within a week.

Speaking to our news team Chairman of FUTA Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri expressed these views.

Meanwhile employees attached to the University Non Academic Staff Federation have refrained from their duties since morning.

Accordingly Co-Secretary of the Inter University Trade Union Federation D M Senarathna speaking to our news team stated that staff attached to the IUTUF would refrain from duties between 10 am to 1.30 pm today.

The IUTUF states that the University Grants Commission has breached the agreement which had been jointly reached before the Commissioner of Labour on the 26th of last month.

Speaking to our news team the Co-Secretary IUTUF expressed these views.

Meanwhile the token strike launched by the 28 Non-Executive Grade Trade Unions of the CEB since last night is still in effect.

Expressing his views JSS Secretary of the CEB G Weeraseka stated that officials have been incapable of formulating solutions for their issues.

When inquired by subject Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka in this regard he noted that the supply of electricity has not been hampered as a result of the trade union action of workers attached to the CEB.

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