Written by Staff Writer
23 Mar, 2015 | 9:23 pm
Dr. Harsha de Silva, the Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, has called on the private sector, to work with a government to reach a solution on increasing wages of private sector employees.
The Deputy Minister was speaking at the launch of the Millennium Development Goals Country Report 2014, in Colombo on Monday March 23.
The Report, which was prepared by the Institute of Policy Studies, is a joint publication by the Government of Sri Lanka and the United Nations in Sri Lanka.
The Millennium Development Goals are a set of eight goals agreed by world leaders in 2000 to be achieved before the end date of 2015.
Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva speaking at the event said that they are in a real dilemma right now having delivered on a one hundred day promise of increasing salaries of state employees.
Speaking on private sector employees the Deputy Minister said:
What about the private sector employees? Most of them, I would have to say, work longer hours if not harder than many of – I don’t mean it in a bad way – but realistically, state sector employees. We hope we will never be forced to legislate salary increases in the private sectors. That is something that we just don’t want to do. So we urge the private sector to work with us and to come up with a solution that both the private sector and government can agree on.
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