Sri Lanka university non-academics strike work
Posted by sadeepa palliyaguru on June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007, 15:18 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
June 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka university non-academic workers went on a token strike today accusing the authorities for taking revenge from the workers who led the settled strike two weeks ago.
The Convener of the Inter University Joint Committee of Trade Unions said that the Colombo University authorities have suspended work of nine non-academic staff workers and eight workers of the Sripali Campus in Horana have been transferred to the Colombo University. He said the union is leading the strike to urge the authorities to stop the trade union suppression and to revoke the circular to deduct the number of days they struck work from their own leaves or to consider them as no pay leave.
Meanwhile the Colombo University non-academic staff commenced a continuous strike from today urging to revoke the suspension of nine non-academic staff workers.
However, a Colombo University administrator said that the workers were suspended as they damaged public property and behaved unruly during the strike.
Huh … These guys are on strike again !! Wonder when will we get our examination results. As an insider i think that government and the workers both have to take the responsibility. Now they are striking saying that they shouldnt be deducted money for the period they were not working… How ethical is that ! On the other hand government would have fulfilled the pledge to increase their salaries.
However i cant agree with the damage to property and violent acts. The Non ACAD staff of UOC should be thankful that they have the freedom of protesting in a High Security Zone…and that they are not in the JR regime where they suppressed strikes and trade union action using ‘bicycle chain’.
All strikes have one thing in common. The common man is always crushed. If doctors strike poor people dependent on govt hospitals will be affected. If CTB strikes the poor middle class travelling in the busses will be affected. The uni strikes affect the students …the middle class and poorest students who strive to complete their studies.
I appriciate the brave stance of VC. Nobody shouldnt be allowed to violate law and order. However it seems that we will have to wait for an aeon to collect the degree certificate from the university. Long Live the Strikers !