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Due to the continuous delay of SriLankan Airlines flights, sending workers for Korean jobs has become a serious problem, Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said.

A group of workers to Korea could not be sent today due to the delay of flight UL 470 for about 12 hours.

As the 800th group to leave for Korean jobs, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB) had prepared all the necessary arrangements to send this group to South Korea.

Fifty-two workers were supposed to leave for work in the fishing industry in Korea. Due to the delay of the flight, the Korean Human Resources Department has informed the Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau not to send them to Korea today.

On May 23 too a Sri Lankan Airlines flight was similarly delayed and the Human Resources Department of Korea refused to accept the Sri Lankan workers who were to leave for Korea on that flight.

With the intervention of the SLBFE, the workers were dispatched to Korea on June 4, but the flight was delayed for two hours on that day as well.

Minister Nanayakkara has strongly emphasized that decisions will be taken by focusing on this matter. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 21

  • Why use Sri Lankan, use another airline to Korea for professionals and workers needs Tuesday, 20 June 2023 10:22 PM

    Disappointing to see that SLBFE wants to continue booking workers on a known no good Airline like Sri Lankan. Sri Lankan may be good for tourists, and Sri Lankan's for social reasons, it is utterly unsuited for professional and business purposes. Isn't there any other airline who fly to Korea?

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 20 June 2023 11:05 PM

    So we send low level skilled personnel to other countries merely to receive foreign money into the country. At the moment we have acute shortage for any labor in the country. Specially in the plantation sector such as tea estates which earns considerably amount of foreign exchange which is beneficial to our country. At present the workers are transported from one location to another at a very high price they demand. Very soon there won't be any go around.

    Perera Tuesday, 20 June 2023 11:09 PM

    Why don't use other airlines?

    Victor Bakut Wednesday, 21 June 2023 12:20 AM

    Your only objective is to export labour. Why dont you send them to North Korea ?. Your government is still not able to make the National Airline a viable institution - that is because the minister of aviation is most corrupt like all other ministers in the government. You please resign and join JVP.

    Jude Wednesday, 21 June 2023 12:57 AM

    Can't understand why Srilankan airlines NOT grounded,, accumulated loss close to One Trillion Rupees!! That's insane amount of money!!

    Ama Wednesday, 21 June 2023 01:16 AM

    From the news earlier, the national carrier is experiencing fleet issue. I think an aircraft was to be return to Airbus Company. IF someone could persuade SLPP robbers to finance for new lease of aircraft, that will be great.

    Sivalingam Wednesday, 21 June 2023 02:51 AM

    Sri Lankan Disaster. Worst airline ever.

    Tissa Fernando Wednesday, 21 June 2023 03:23 AM

    How come flight delays are impacting medium to long term employment contracts? Are these workers needed to douse some fires or what? Ministers talk rubbish Alltwen time.

    Punchi Wednesday, 21 June 2023 05:10 AM

    The Koreans in the fishing industry will be extracting their pound of flesh from overseas workers. These delays allow our workers enjoy some additional respite before the are delivered to worker exploitation

    Jude Wednesday, 21 June 2023 06:33 AM

    Ground the damn Srilankan airlines immediately, stop the bleeding!! The national Airline a huge burden to the Treasury. Cumulative losses of close to ONE TRILLION RUPEES IS A INSANE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT COULD'VE USED FOR MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS THAT COULD INCREASE THE COUNTRY'S GDP!!

    Viswa Wednesday, 21 June 2023 06:50 AM

    It’s not Sri Lankans fault Son; If you don’t learn you and know the universe around you, you will have to go for fishing work in Korea. I will tell you a story. Uncle Lee was sitting on the Malaka straight selling fishing hooks , the biggest scam OPEC cartel formed. He was a master dealer he worked behind the door with British and Japanese; he knew how to bend the universe toward him. He made massive profits selling oil to ships and dumped those profits to throttle the entire Malaka straight and oil bunkering business. When Viet Cong ran over Ho Chi Minh city, he demolished a mountain and built another airport reclaiming the sea and managed to control the Paris- Sydney Sky lane. He merged Air Lanka only to paralyze it and expose their weakness to the world. Then He managed to gas light the entire region, which is what cluster Bs mastery and hood winked the world for decades. The story did not end there Son. The illiterate Arabs got massive oil money and they ran amok with that money

    Viswa Wednesday, 21 June 2023 06:51 AM

    The story did not end there Son. The illiterate Arabs got massive oil money and they ran amok with that money and cut the remaining Air traffic to Sri Lanka. Then came the vulnerable cluster B, Peter Hill, he cannibalized Sri Lankan to his Arab master took the best talents and switched his hosts, that is what all parasites do.

    DOT Wednesday, 21 June 2023 07:40 AM

    Opportunity cost is zero

    Gamini Wednesday, 21 June 2023 08:48 AM

    Safety is always first if it is a problem with the airplane. However, this happening this often is an issue. I live overseas and have traveled to Sri Lanka once a year for the past 30 years. I have always skipped UL when booking tickets because of the biased staff, inferior food and delays. BTW the MPs and ministers also prefer SQ! Why? They use our tax money.

    Gamini Wednesday, 21 June 2023 08:53 AM

    send them by any other airline

    Tuan Wednesday, 21 June 2023 09:43 AM

    What is Ashok Pathrirage Chairman of Sri Lankan doing about these delays... it's happening very frequently. Hope these guys jobs were not cancelled due to the UL delay

    Sunil Wednesday, 21 June 2023 09:46 AM

    That is exactly why the pin president flew Emirates.

    Tilak Wednesday, 21 June 2023 10:23 AM

    meanwhile Indigo has ordered 500 new planes, and prior to that Air India after privatization has ordered 750 new pales. There are more than 50 new airports under construction in India. Global air line industry is blooming. Look what SL is up to. WAKE UP SL

    Wiraj Wednesday, 21 June 2023 04:19 PM

    Concerned minister doing has to look into these matters, instead of demanding kappan from suppliers and contractors or dozing off while parliamentary sessions are on.

    Rathinam Navaratnam Wednesday, 21 June 2023 04:45 PM

    Privatization of the airline is the only path forward Do not understand the delay in privatizing despite of so much promises.

    Rishan Thursday, 22 June 2023 10:07 AM

    Have to find alternative flights instead of direct flight.... CMB - SIN - SEOUL...

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