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Despite a decision to call off the countrywide university strike today, the Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) said that a proposal put forward by the government based on the unions’ demands was not sufficient and that FUTA would continue its struggle until the government addressed its concerns.
“This is not a permanent exit but a temporary suspension of a historic struggle. We will continue with greater determination and expect the government to fulfill what they had agreed to. We will be watching closely,” FUTA Spokesman Dr. Mahim Mendis said.
“The FUTA Executive Committee chose not to join the press conference because the majority of the union membership did not believe that the joint statement was sufficient enough to call off the trade union action. The reason we chose to call it off is because A/L paper marking has to begin, university courses should continue and teachers have foregone their salaries for months,” FUTA President Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said. (Olindhi Jayasundara)