Private sector will commence work from next week: Labour Minister

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All private institutions had agreed to recommence their operations from next week following a discussion with Skills Development, Employment, and Labour Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena today.

The discussion was held at the Labour Ministry with the participation of the members of the special Trilateral Task Force which was appointed by the Minister for the protection of the workplaces in the country.

During the discussion, Task Force had agreed to re-open every private-sector operation while giving priority to the COVID-19 epidemic preventive measures introduced by the Government.

During the discussion, Minister Gunawardena explained that the Government's policy is to ensure the job security of all employees.

He said it has been decided not to remove any private sector employee from their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Task Force agreed to maintain social distancing and to continue duties based on a shift basis. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Sokrates Thursday, 07 May 2020 05:05 PM

    When it is the Government's policy to ensure the job security of all employees then it must introduce social measures such as temporary work-lost money and a jobless insurance as is common in developed countries. But for this knowledge in the field of the social market economy is required, which unfortunately is missing in Sri Lanka.

    Thomas Pieters Thursday, 07 May 2020 06:40 PM

    Having less business and generating less income due to the covid-19 impact; to prevent Companies from laying off employees, those Companies should reduce salaries and/or for the Govt to subsidize those Companies paying the shortfall. Practically this would mean the Govt should print new money ..


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