MR wants private sector salary increased

2 August 2019 06:22 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday it was unreasonable that employees of the semi-government institutions such as corporations, authorities and statutory bodies, had not been granted the pay hike of Rs.2,500 which was given to government employees from July.

He told Parliament that the government should explain why the pay hike was not given to the semi-government employees and urged it to take steps to rectify this injustice.

He said all previous governments had granted a pay hike to the semi-government employees in line with the government employees’ pay hike.

“During our government, we took steps to increase the salaries of the private sector employees to some extent. We managed to increase their salaries in discussion with the Finance Minister and the Labour Minister,” he said.

He said it was regrettable that this government had not thought of or had any discussion with regard to a salary increase of private-sector employees.

Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunathilake reading out the answer sent by the Labour Ministry said the Ministry has no legal provisions to order semi-government institutions to increase the salaries in line with the government employees.

He said the Ministry had submitted a cabinet paper to increase basic salary of the private sector. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 11

  • Sodha Friday, 02 August 2019 06:46 AM

    MR is trying everything possible to regain power. Now stirring up the pot by trying to drag the Semi-govt

    Hiker Friday, 02 August 2019 07:31 AM

    Why don't you give it in a few month's time!!!?

    Sambo Friday, 02 August 2019 07:42 AM

    That is very Sir. They only think of increasing salaries granting land at a time when elections are at hand. Does the government think only the government workers should survive. Come the voting and we public will give you the right answer.

    Dulan de Silva Friday, 02 August 2019 08:26 AM

    Increase in when you get power back!

    ANTON Friday, 02 August 2019 08:32 AM


    Arnold Friday, 02 August 2019 08:32 AM

    Private sector salaries should be left alone for the supply-demand situation to decide. If the government forces the private sector to increase salaries exports will decline as we will become less competitive. Ceylon tea and other exports are the most expensive in the world market already and we are losing market share every day due to the silly decisions made by our politicians. Only if the politicians stop meddling with the private sector, so much employment could be generated locally so that not a single housemaid or low skilled labor will have to go and scavenge a living in other countries.

    Private employee Friday, 02 August 2019 08:42 AM

    No need sir already they are paying more.If you do this we have to pay more from the salaries to the EPF department.

    ANTON Friday, 02 August 2019 08:43 AM


    Mm Friday, 02 August 2019 08:53 AM

    Hello MR. Private sector is dying without sales and business from where do you expect them to increase salary scales when they can’t even break even at the end of each month to pay the existing salaries. People are being laid off man

    Roshanaly Friday, 02 August 2019 02:01 PM

    Don't increase the salary, try some way to reduce the cost of living and the wastage of the tax payers money.

    SAM Friday, 02 August 2019 02:10 PM

    is it for compliments, refreshments, cut outs, and posters election campaign?

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