New Labour Minister joined first NLAC meeting  

The National Labor Advisory Council met for the first time on 19 August 2019 after the election of the new government under Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva. He spoke on the forthcoming work and commented specifically on labor cases. The Minister said that the cases filed on non-payment of Employee Provident Fund and Employee Trust Fund are in a very poor condition and will be handed over to the Labour Tribunals. He also said that the proceedings of the majority of the Labor Tribunals will be completed by 12 noon. He said the new government’s policy was to protect the industries and provide relief to the workers by protecting and developing the industries as the private sector plays an important role in development of the country.

Speaking on behalf of the Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya, Mr. Leslie Devendra drew the attention of the Minister to several promises made in the President’s Vision of Prosperity, increase of minimum wage of private sector employees, Increasing the Wages of Plantation Workers to Rs. 1000 and called on the Minister of Labor to draw the President’s attention to the implementation of the promises made to the workers. The Minister said that he was not there to fight with the President and that it was the duty of the trade unions to fight and win those demands. The Minister of Labor also sarcastically smiled at the inquiries made by the trade unions regarding the wages of estate workers and did not give a responsible answer.

Wijepala Weerakoon.