A research has revealed that almost one in three Sri Lankan women domestic migrant workers are subjected to physical abuse such as beating or burning.
A research booklet launched by Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC - the social service arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference - to mark International Migrant Workers Day on Saturday also revealed that while 31% are subjected to physical abuse, 30% of them had complained of non payment of salaries. Deprivation of food was also a common complaint made by the respondents of the research as 44% of them had to face this problem.
Some 25% of the workers were not given a proper place to sleep, the research also revealed.
Meanwhile, employment law expert Shyamali Ranarajah who made a presentation on trends in migration for employment at the Caritas programme also came out with some disclosures. According to her nearly 90% of Sri Lankan women who go overseas as domestic workers have never been employed before. “It is more difficult for a person who had never been employed in her own country to go and work abroad,” she said.
Foreign Employment Promotion Minister Dilan Perera who was the Chief Guest assured a better future for migrant workers. He said the government was focusing on providing training to migrant workers according to the needs of particular countries. The Minister said the focus would also be made on job oriented training.
Galle Bishop Rev. Raymond Wickramasinghe who also participated in the event explained the church’s attitude on migrant workers.
Caritas Sri Lanka National Director Rev. Fr. George Sigamani highlighted the role played by the organisation towards the welfare of Sri Lankan migrant workers. (Yohan Perera)