Oct 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has expressed hopes of resolving the issue of the striking university lecturers soon.
According to the Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake the issue could be resolved today.
However, the Federation of University Teachers' Association (FUTA) says the discussions between the Association and the government had failed since Dissanayake had not shown interest in resolving the issues faced by the lecturers.
FUTA President, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri told a news conference that the lecturers have not been summoned to any discussions with any government member in the recent past although the Minister has made such claims.
He noted that the FUTA had not turned down discussions or expressed its unwillingness to discuss although reports to the effect are being circulated.
According to Dr. Dewasiri, the university lecturers' issues are likely to be resolved this week.
The FUTA commenced a strike action on July 4th demanding a wage hike and the allocation of 6 percent of the GDP for the education sector among others.