Principals and teachers to ‘fall ill’ on Monday

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Teachers’ Union Joseph Stalin said yesterday that all principals and teachers attached to his union will resort to a sick note campaign next Monday (25) in protest of the escalating cost of fuel.

Stalin said that principals and teachers are unable to bear the sky rocketing price of fuel and furthermore have to spend long hours in queues to obtain fuel. He said that student attendance has dropped by half.

Stalin reiterated that repeated requests made to the Education Secretary to permit teachers and students to report to the school nearest to their place of residence until the present crisis is resolved have been turned down. Hence the principals’ and teachers’ unions have no other recourse except to resort to trade union action. The sick note campaign on Monday is a warning to the Government and further action is inevitable if the crisis is not addressed, he said.

Stalin also said that principals’ and teachers’ unions will support the general strike which is to take place on Thursday, April 28.


by Daily News Sri Lanka

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