Federation of University Teachers’ Association
Dear Secretary FUTA,
I refer to TV reports of 21st May 2013 and newspaper reports of 22nd May 2013 in the private and state media alleging that I conducted lectures when FUTA/UKTA had called on its membership to participate in a one-day general strike.
I am writing to state for the record that I did not carry out any lectures on the 21st instance; nor did I discharge any administrative work as the Head of the Department of English or as the Director of the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Kelaniya.
While I consider it a futile exercise to respond to these blatantly false, politically motivated reports aimed at denigrating my character each time they are carried in the media, I would like to assure FUTA/UKTA that I unequivocally support FUTA/UKTA trade union action as my legal right.
I would be most grateful if you would please apprise the FUTA/UKTA membership of these facts.
Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe
Head – Department of English
Director – Centre for Gender Studies
University of Kelaniya
23rd May 2013