July 13, Colombo: University lecturers in Sri Lanka who are currently engaged in a strike to win their demands including a salary increase are continuing with the trade union action after talks with government ended inconclusive.
The Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) yesterday evening met with Presidential Secretariat Lalith Weeratunga to find solutions to the lecturers' demands that include an increase in the financial allocations to the education sector and an increase in salaries of university lecturers.
The discussion had continued till night, but had ended without any final decisions.
The secretary of FUTA Terrence Madujith said that the Presidential Secretary has invited them to another discussion at the beginning of the next week. However, the date, time and the venue for the discussion are yet to be informed.
He said that the last discussion the FUTA had with Weeratunga and the other officials was meaningful one although it failed to bring a settlement between the two parties.
FUTA says that they want to end the discussions soon. Madujith said that the President's Secretary also has agreed to a quick solution.
However, FUTA will continue the trade union action until the lecturers win their demands.