Written by Tharushan Fernando
22 Jul, 2016 | 8:36 pm
UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara questioned as to what action will be taken against private institutions that have failed to increase employee salaries by Rs 2,500.
Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations W.D.J. Seneviratne stated that complaints can be made to the labour officers against employers who have failed to increase salaries of private sector employees by Rs 2,500.
He added that the minimum wage was increased to Rs 12,500 with effect from March 23, 2016. He pointed out that whereas earlier the minimum wage stood at Rs. 10,000, now according to the budgetary relief allowance of Workers Act, No. 4 of 2016, the additional Rs. 2500 must be paid
UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara raised questions as to whether legal action will be taken against the estate companies that failed to increase wages and pay the allowance of 2500 rupees – and if they will be allowed more time when it comes to other labour laws as well ?
In reply, Minister Seneviratne stated that the estate companies put forward the issues that they faced and a decision was made by the government to grant them some relief; while the Bank of Ceylon and the People’s Bank have agreed to give one billion rupees to them
He added that tea Estate Owner and the Small Tea Holders have reached a situation where they cannot continue in this sector.
“Rubber is not sapped in the rbber cultivation” ,charged Minister Seneviratne,who pointed out that based on the current market price, they cannot pay the wages of the employees, and this situation must be taken to consideration as well.
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