Labour Tribunal orders Canadian HC to reinstate employee

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A Sri Lankan who had served at the Canadian High Commission (CHC) in Colombo for more than eight years as a driver had been terminated from service unlawfully based on his ethnicity.

Delivering a judgment in connection with a complaint made by a Sri Lankan who had served at the Canadian High Commission (CHC) in Colombo for more than eight years as a driver that he had been terminated from service unlawfully based on his ethnicity, the Labour Tribunal had ordered the CHC to reinstate the victim to his former driver position or pay a compensation of six million rupees.
 
The Labour Tribunal in Colombo made this order following an ex-parte hearing into a complaint made by Lal Fernando of Udugampola, Minuwangoda.
 
The Labour Tribunal observed that the respondent CHC had not terminated the victim from service in a lawful or fair manner and further observed that the respondent had also failed to ensure its representation before a tribunal hearing into alleged violation of employee’s rights.

The petitioner Lal Fernando complained he had brought many unhealthy malpractices to the notice of the CHC management in good faith and said that as a result of his long struggle, the CHC had reduced the number of working hours per week from 48 to 40 effective from May 1, 2013. He further alleged he was denied opportunities for fair earning due to his inability to speak Tamil fluently. Mr. Fernando said the CHC had ensured that he was kept out of their regular visits to the North and the East, where they met opposing political and other influential persons as they did not wish to expose their interference in Sri Lankan politics.

 
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  • Malcolm William Tuesday, 07 April 2015 12:13 AM

    Shame on you Canada! Shame on You!Stop preaching with your foul mouth while doing the foul dirty illegal acts! Shame on you Canada!

    gehan Monday, 06 April 2015 08:11 AM

    Ooh.. canada now we know your sinister moves, and by the way you just dont terminate people from jobs in canada,dont you.follow the rules of the land and pay the poor man the compansation or give him 48hrs of work.my... my canada shame on you.

    amal Monday, 06 April 2015 08:33 AM

    It is a well known fact that this embassy was full of tamil staff and were great sympathisers of the LTTE.

    Yahapala Monday, 06 April 2015 08:39 AM

    Whose racist....?

    fanam Monday, 06 April 2015 08:56 AM

    Double Standard

    Kali Monday, 06 April 2015 09:17 AM

    Another proof of injustice to Sinhala people in Sri Lanka.

    Bala Monday, 06 April 2015 09:55 AM

    Only the Canadian Embassy has a separate visa application queue for the two main communities which shows their obvious partiality. We are all Sri Lankans and two queues are OK but should be with no ethnicity attached to them as otherwise the embassy is sowing disharmony in another sovereign country.

    V. Gnanam Monday, 06 April 2015 10:08 AM

    What do you expect. They decimated the Noble Native Red Indians and took away their Human rights. V.G.

    Anil Monday, 06 April 2015 10:23 AM

    Canadian embassy is a living proof of how majority Sinhalese are discriminated in their own motherland. Best is yet to come.

    Sugath Cooray Monday, 06 April 2015 10:24 AM

    Canadian Embassy employed Sinhalese?

    Pasel Monday, 06 April 2015 10:41 AM

    We want to hear the out come of the verdict from the CHC Are they going to hire him back or 6 million Rs settlement ?

    LKcricket Monday, 06 April 2015 10:47 AM

    Canada is a country that support terrorism. All the positions are being filled by Tamils as they want to support Tamil terrorism and separatism. That is the reason Mahinda nd Gotabha did not care these Terrorists supportive embassies.We need to close all these Embassies that spread separatism and terrorism!

    Eds Monday, 06 April 2015 10:58 AM

    And you still wonder why they keep comming after MR, GR and our Armed Forces for war crimes !?


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