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SASA temporarily halts planned TU action: Others continue

June 25, Colombo (LNW): The Sri Lanka Administrative Services Association (SASA) has opted to temporarily halt its scheduled trade union action following discussions with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

This decision follows an agreement to increase their allowances effective from June 1st, announced President of the association, Mahesh Gammanpila.

Initially planning a strike action involving reporting sick leave to press demands such as a salary increment, SASA’s move comes amidst ongoing negotiations with government officials.

In a separate development, representatives of the Government Executive Officers also engaged in discussions with the Prime Minister regarding their concerns.

President of the Joint Committee of Government Executive Officers, H.A.L. Udayasiri, noted their decision to proceed with their trade union action by reporting sick on Tuesday (25) and Wednesday (26) after their demands were not fully addressed.

Meanwhile, non-academic staff in the education sector continue their strike action initiated on the previous day (24).

Ajith K. Tilakaratne, General Secretary of the Education Non-Academic Employees’ Association, highlighted that authorities have yet to respond to their grievances.

Further complicating the situation, Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU), announced the participation of teacher-principal trade unions in a nationwide strike scheduled for tomorrow (26).

Simultaneously, the Joint Committee of University Trade Unions has confirmed the continuation of the strike action by university non-academic staff.

Today (25), they are scheduled to engage in discussions with the National Pay Commission to address their unresolved issues.

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