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Covid-related relief for Private Sector employees extended until December – Cabinet Spokesman

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka has decided to extend the agreed grace period for the payment of salaries of private-sector employees until December due to the crisis caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Udaya Gammanpila said.

A Task Force representing Employers, Trade Unions, the National Labour Advisory Council, the Ministry of Labour and the Department of Labour was appointed by Cabinet several months ago to look into the payment of salaries to these employees.

The Cabinet took into consideration the submissions tabled by the Minister of Labour that the Task Force has agreed to continue as above until December of this year as the Covid 19 pandemic continues to spread in the country.

The Task Force agreed to act as follows and took measures according to them from May to September 2020.
– Averting loss of employment in the companies that have been shut down due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
– Employing the staff in institutions to work in proportionately under a shift system or another suitable procedure which will enable institutions to employ all the employees in institutions due to the need to maintain social distancing.
– Paying a more advantageous sum of money either 50pct of the basic salary or 14,500 of the basic salary for the month in which they paid their last salary to the employees of the institutions who were required to stay at home due to unemployment.
– Payment of contributions by the employer to the Employees’ Provident Fund and Employees’ Trust Fund for such salaries.(Colombo/Oct27/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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