Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva says they are holding discussions at present with employers regarding the demands to increase salaries of private sector workers.
Minister de Silva said the Ministry of Labour is currently in discussion with trade unions and employers pertaining to the proposal made by unions calling for an increase in salaries of the private sector.
Speaking during a meeting with the staff of the Ministry of Labour after assuming duties for the year 2022 today, Minister de Silva said the mechanism to provide insurance for migrant workers is expected to be completed by April.
He said the legal framework pertaining to workers is also being adjusted to suit the current times.
The Minister said the current dollar crisis has resulted in Sri Lanka being forced to obtain loans from Bangladesh.
Minister de Silva said when serving the public, everyone must have to make certain sacrifices adding they might not receive allowances including overtime payments and fuel allowances.
He said everyone must adjust to procedures in line with the country’s economic situation adding ‘beggars can’t be choosers’.
Minister de Silva said there are issues in all fields including farming and industrial sectors. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the Ministry is also looking into establishing a social security system.