Over 20,000 labourers will have an opportunity- Minister of
Minister of Labour Relations and Manpower Athauda Senaviratne pointed
out at Maho that a large number of workers were unable to have a shelter
of their own due to financial constraints and that he would introduce a
housing loan scheme with low interest from the (EPF) Employee Provident
Minister Athauda Senaviratne was speaking at the commissioning of a
two storeyed labour office in the Yapahuwa electorate.
He said the Korean and Malaysian Ambassadors had reached agreement
regarding the unemployment problem of Sri Lanka. As a result of their
discussions on the problem more than 20,000 Sri Lankan labourers would
have a chance to work in those countries.
The Minister said he decided to meet Labour Ministers of Middle-East
countries about the plight of housemaids harassment and ill-treatment.
He said that he had asked Sri Lankan embassy officials and welfare
officials to contact relevant agents in those countries and urge them to
release the affected workers who could be re-employed under another
Referring to contract workers, he said that most trade unions were
not in favour of employment of contract employees who were required to
work the same way as permanent employees.
The Minister said the job security of all Sri Lankan migrant workers
along with all contract workers will be protected and people in the
North East wishing to go abroad for employment will be encouraged.
Minister of Highways and Road Development T.B. Ekanayake noticed a
large number of vacancies currently existing for Sri Lankan
professionals in foreign countries and those vacancies would be filled
under a special programme due to be implemented shortly. A number of
local professional including doctors, engineers and accountants got an
opportunity to work in foreign countries during the past year and we are
expected to double this number in the coming months.
He said last year 120,000 Lankans took up foreign employment. Out of
them more than 90,000 went as housemaids, while the others left for
various other employment categories including clerical, supervisory and
labour work in permanent factories, plantation sector and other
PC member Bandara Rajapaksa said the Government despite the war would
help public and private sector employees with a fair salary increase.
The State is always trying to uplift the living standard low-income
people of Sri Lanka.