As many possible Mihin Lanka employees will be absorbed to SriLankan

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In regards to recently published reports in the media, the management of SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka issued a statement today, reassuring staff members that as many Mihin Lanka staff as possible will be absorbed to SriLankan Airlines.

The full statement:

 It was decided to discontinue the services of Mihin Lanka, with effect from 30th October 2016. This decision has been made by the Government of Sri Lanka, as part of its long-term strategy to restructure the local aviation industry and strengthen the national carrier’s offering and efficiency.

Mihin Lanka had been making a net loss since its inception in 2007. Projections for the current financial year ending 31st March 2017 were also declared as a net loss.  All routes in Mihin Lanka’s route network will now be serviced by SriLankan Airlines thus marking a new beginning for the national carrier and building a strong, efficient and competitive airline that will be a force to be reckoned with in the region.

In regards to concerns about employment, the management of SriLankan Airlines has advised that due to the business operations of Mihin Lanka coming to an end on 31st December 2016, the airline envisaged that several staff members would be made redundant. Foreseeing this development ahead of time, the airline made elaborate plans for the redeployment of Mihin Lanka staff. So far recruitment processes have been completed for a total of 130 (out of a total of 304) employees of Mihin Lanka.

This recruitment and redeployment process is expected to continue until Mihin Lanka’s closure in December and all staff members who do not have the opportunity to join the national carrier, will be given a service severance package in alignment with specified government guidelines.

This media briefing came in the light of many open dialogues between the airline’s staff and management which took place at Mihin Lanka’s head office recently.  The meetings were held to discuss employee concerns regarding their employment, compensation and the airline’s amalgamation with the national carrier, which is currently underway. Mihin Lanka would like to reiterate that the meetings were conducted in a cordial and professional manner, without hostility and with the full cooperation of all parties involved.

The management team spent a great deal of time addressing each staff member’s concerns and explained that SriLankan Airlines had already incorporated several members of Mihin Lanka’s workforce cadre into its employee network. The management of the airline also reassured staff members that as many Mihin Lanka staff as possible will be absorbed. Accordingly details of the compensation package have been shared with all members of staff at Mhin Lanka.

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  • Jagath Leanage Sunday, 23 October 2016 09:23 PM

    These employees of Mihin Air should be absorbed to Srilankan . There may be political influence when recruiting them . But its too late to investigate those .

    J Palitha Monday, 24 October 2016 03:45 PM

    Do you want SriLankan Air Lines also to be closed?

    zee Sunday, 23 October 2016 04:12 PM

    why is it a MUST yo absorb these political appointees to a loss making entity why would the tax payers pay for it ? via DM Android App

    Henry Sunday, 23 October 2016 05:35 PM

    Zee - you are blind, even today appointments and even admissions are made on political grounds

    Ravi Sunday, 23 October 2016 06:16 PM

    The Government rule for gratuity payment is LKR 1.2 Million. Today this is peanuts. I think the government should rectify this immediately (no ceiling)

    Bubble Banda Monday, 24 October 2016 12:22 PM

    True Zee, it is not a must because these people are not educated and suitable for any positions - all are MR's men.

    Desmond Jeromme Monday, 24 October 2016 12:24 PM

    Henry refers about the period of MR's regime. I know this Hendry he was washing clothes to MR.

    brainmaster Monday, 24 October 2016 12:27 PM

    Jobs at airlines are unsure allover the world. Mihin staff knew that. They had a good time and now it's over. Srilankan is not obliged to absorb them, they are already also overstaffed.

    stardust Monday, 24 October 2016 12:32 PM

    Sad. But efficient people might find a job at one of the many airlines in the Middle East. They are prospering and recruit always more staff.

    TJ Sunday, 23 October 2016 08:26 PM

    The ghost of Mihin Lanka is going to haunt us for years to come.

    Thilani Monday, 24 October 2016 12:42 PM

    From what we know people were not recruited on political influences , maybe at the inception but not at a later stage


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