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FUTA Refuses To Participate In Voluntary Arbitration And Challenges SB

By Colombo Telegraph

FUTA vehemently objects to the ministers’ uncouth and aggressive conduct and behaviour and request the minister to follow the norms of engagement in resolving the issues that we raise.” says Federation of University Teachers Associations. Issuing a statement regarding higher education ministers’ attacks on the academic community FUTA says ” In most countries, a highly educated, exemplary minister is assigned education related ministries. However, the trade union action by FUTA has shown beyond doubt that we are burdened not only with a minister that does not portray any of these qualities, but actively renounces strategies that would benefit the entire education sector in this country.”

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Issuing another statement regarding submitting to voluntary arbitration FUTA says “FUTA is strongly of the opinion that the issues that it has raised through its trade union action cannot be termed an ‘industrial dispute’ between FUTA and the UGC. The issues raised by FUTA are policy related and need to be addressed through good faith discussions. We have sought legal opinion on this issue and we have been advised that we need not comply with the request to seek arbitration.”

Today Federation of University Teachers Associations has issued two statements regarding higher education ministers’ attacks on the academic community and  submitting to voluntary arbitration.

We below reproduce the FUTA statements in full;

11th September 2012

Statement regarding submitting to voluntary arbitration

On the 10th of September, FUTA was requested to attend a meeting at the Ministry of Labour. At that meeting, FUTA received a letter stating that the ‘industrial dispute’ between FUTA and the University Grants Commission (UGC) will be settled through a process of arbitration. FUTA was asked to nominate an arbitrator on their behalf for this process.

FUTA is strongly of the opinion that the issues that it has raised through its trade union action cannot be termed an ‘industrial dispute’ between FUTA and the UGC. The issues raised by FUTA are policy related and need to be addressed through good faith discussions. We have sought legal opinion on this issue and we have been advised that we need not comply with the request to seek arbitration.

Furthermore, FUTA has been participating in negotiations with Minister Basil Rajapakse as well as Dr P.B. Jayasundera. At the last meeting with Dr Jayasundera, the Treasury Secretary informed us of a proposal to find a mutually agreeable long term solution to the problems of university academics. It is extremely puzzling, why less than a week after those discussions, FUTA has been suddenly requested to submit to arbitration. It suggests confusion and worse still, duplicity on the part of the government. FUTA engaged in discussions with various government parties in good faith and with the intention of negotiating a settlement to the various problems affecting the education sector. Instead, through this latest development, the government has demonstrated that it is unable to comprehend the nature of these problems and that its declarations during the negotiation process are worthless. This raises issues of tremendous concern with regard to the state of governance in this country.

FUTA is of the opinion that this attempt to term the issues FUTA has raised as an ‘industrial dispute’ will only serve to deepen the crisis in the education sector. FUTA also wishes to inform the public that it will not consent to voluntary arbitration as the issues it is seeking to resolve cannot be settled in this manner. FUTA requests the government to reveal its position with regard to these issues and to refrain from acting in this contradictory and duplicitous manner.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

President/FUTA

 

11th September 2012

Statement regarding higher education ministers’ attacks on the academic community

In most countries, a highly educated, exemplary minister is assigned education related ministries. However, the trade union action by FUTA has shown beyond doubt that we are burdened not only with a minister that does not portray any of these qualities, but actively renounces strategies that would benefit the entire education sector in this country.

Even after two months into the trade union action, his utterances shows that he does not understand (or pretends that he does not understand) what our demands are about. Though our demands centres around enhancing recruitment and retention capabilities of the university system, safeguarding university autonomy and enhancing free education in Sri Lanka, the minister rather than meaningfully intervening makes arbitrary and unfounded accusations against academics using foul language unbecoming of a public figure.

The uncouthness of the minister has no bounds, which has previously landed him even in jail. Placing a jailbird as a minister of higher education and the meagre funding allocations (to education) in itself shows the attitude of the government to education in the country.

FUTA vehemently objects to the ministers’ uncouth and aggressive conduct and behaviour and request the minister to follow the norms of engagement in resolving the issues that we raise.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

President/FUTA

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    Government plans to set up another new university which is not under UGC.
    http://www.divaina.com/2012/09/11/news20.html
    This university also sell the degree for money and recruit students without A/L.

    National School of Management is also set up in Homagama for sell the degree for money and recruit students without A/L.

    Government try to dilute UGC and State universities.
    Most of the minsters, MPs and their children didn’tqualified A/L.

    Institution belong to Social wealfare and women, Fisheries, Youth, Vocational training, Science and Technology and defence ministries offer degree other than heigher education ministry.There is no quality assurance and qualified teachers. It is better to offer a degree from Schools.All degree offering institution should come under UGC and recuit qualfied teacher and students with A/L.

    Near future, Sri Lankan degree will not recognized by the developed countries. MR and his family distroying education and future of young people.

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      CT is the photo displayed above a file photo? Must be for the other rogue to be there Mahinda Wijesekara. Natural Justice has blessed Mahinda Wijesekara another in the line of victims as Jeyraj Fernandopulle, Sripathi Sooriyaarachi, and nearly paid Kanu kata Maithripala Bambuwa. it is best they suffer in this manner rather than nature robs us taking their lives at once. To see them suffering is a reminder to the public how good they were.

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        At least the forces governing natural justice seem to be still unpoliticised and unbiased.

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    Good stuff!
    FUTA must put its case before the Commonwealth Parliamentary meeting that is on in Colombo and contextualize it in the wider deterioration of democratic institutions and governance.
    FUTA should advise the Commonwealth to find another venue for the Commonwealth Heads of State meeting in November 2013 rather than going along with the Rajapakse dictatorship.. and its Cabinet of Goons, clowns fools..
    FUTA must lead the search for a home grown regime change and solution to the Rajapakse dictatorship that has turned elections and the people’s mandate into a circus my misusing state property and exploiting a degenerate opposition, UNP

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    FUTA and the Students should call for resignation of the clown & goon SB and not dignify him by holding discussion with the him – before any discussions!

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