Colombo Telegraph

Blatantly False, Politically Motivated Reports Aimed At Denigrating My Character

Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe

By Maithree Wickramasinghe

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.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe

Head – Department of English

Director – Centre for Gender Studies

University of Kelaniya

23rd May 2013

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