Oct 12, Colombo: The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to brief the representatives of the teachers’ and principals’ unions today on the government’s direct stance on how to resolve the salary anomaly issue of teachers and principals.
The Prime Minister’s Office Monday afternoon has instructed the representatives of the Teachers ‘and Principals’ unions to visit Temple Trees at 12 noon Tuesday to announce the government’s permanent solution.
According to government sources, the government has decided to increase the salaries of teachers and principals in two stages as per the recommendations of the ministerial subcommittee appointed to recommend the elimination of salary anomalies.
The government had initially decided to implement the proposals of the ministerial subcommittee in four phases, but the teachers’ and principals’ unions rejected it.
However, sources say that the teachers’ and principals’ unions will agree with the government’s decision to implement the salary proposal of the ministerial subcommittee in two stages.
Accordingly, the teachers ‘and principals’ strike which has been going on for 94 days will most likely end tomorrow.
Meanwhile, a meeting between the Prime Minister and trade union representatives of teachers was held Monday afternoon. The Prime Minister’s office said that the meeting with the Education Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero and trade union representatives took place at the Temple Trees.