CTTU appeals to boycott Flag Week
[TamilNet, Monday, 26 June 2000, 05:16 GMT]
The Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union (CTTU) has appealed to Tamil students and teachers not to contribute to the Flag Week scheduled to be held on June 26 by the National Youth Services Council throughout the island. The General Secretary of the CTTU, Mr.T.Mahasivam, in his appeal has pointed out that fifty percent of the money collected by the Flag Week is to be donated to the National Defense Fund of the Sri Lankan Government.
The present war is being executed against the Tamil community. Those who oppose this war should refrain from donating any money to the Flag Week, Mr.Mahasivan has stressed in his appeal.
The National Youth services Council is a unit under the Central Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Sri Lankan government.
The twenty-thousand member strong Ceylon Tamil Teachers Union informed the President Chandrika Kumaratunge on Tuesday that its members would not contribute two-days salary each month as requested to the Defence Fund as they consider the present war executed by the government to be against the Tamil community.
The Union has also threatened to strike if certain demands, including payment of arrears and distribution of textbooks, is not completed by July 7.
20.06.00 CTTU will not support Defence Fund