Oct 12, Colombo: The strike action launched by the non-academic staff across state universities in the country was called off last evening (October 11) following an agreement with the authorities to resolve the salary anomalies of university employees within a month.
Following a cabinet decision to resolve the issue, the decision was taken to end the 31-day-long strike after an agreement was signed yesterday between the Higher Education Ministry, the University Grants Commission and the University Trade Union Alliance.
Accordingly, the trade union action will cease from today (12) and all employees will be informed of the decision. The employees will report to work from Monday (14) and normal functions at state universities will be resumed, the Media Secretary of the union Wijayatilake Jayasinghe said.
Two cabinet papers were presented to resolve this issue, and the employees rejected the original cabinet paper and continued to engage in trade union action. The non-academic staff has reportedly agreed to the second cabinet paper.
Both cabinet papers have ordered the Secretary to the Ministry to provide the information necessary for the Salaries and Cadre Commission to solve the problem.
The two cabinet papers have also stated that the proposals submitted by the Salaries and Cadre Commission within a month will be submitted to the Cabinet after obtaining the concurrence of the trade unions.
The workers and management signed the agreement stating that the management will adhere to the recommendations made by the Salaries and Cadres commission as a solution to their issue and will not penalize the workers who were engaged in the strike.
The agreement was signed by the Secretary to the Ministry, the Chairman and Secretary of the University Grant Commission and the representatives of Trade Union Alliance.