By Methmalie Dissanayake and Kumudu Upul Shantha
Government teachers islandwide withdrew from online teaching yesterday (12) to protest against forcibly sending Ceylon Teachers’ Union (CTU) General Secretary Joseph Stalin and other trade union activists to quarantine, after being bailed out following a protest against the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University Bill on 8 July.
In a statement, the Joint Teachers’ Services Union said the trade union action is 100 per cent successful. In support of the government teachers’ trade union action, teachers at private Catholic schools also withdrew from conducting online classes, Archbishop’s House Spokesman, Father Jude Fernando said.
The trade unions warned the Government that if it fails to stop unfairly arresting trade union activists, they will stage strong trade union action with the backing of those in the education and related spheres.
They said many issues that concern them, such as intimidation of trade union members, militarisation of the education sphere, unfair interference in the online education system, and allowing 3,000 schools to be shut down islandwide are only some of the topics that need urgent rectification on the part of the Government.