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Labour issues to be solved under one roof

At 32 floors, tallest Govt building opens
President Maithripala Sirisena unveiling the plaque to open the tallest government building the ‘Mehewara Piyasa’ housing the Labour Ministry and the Employees Trust Fund yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Labour Minister Ravindra Samaraweera look on. (Picture by President’s Media Division).
President Maithripala Sirisena unveiling the plaque to open the tallest government building the ‘Mehewara Piyasa’ housing the Labour Ministry and the Employees Trust Fund yesterday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Labour Minister Ravindra Samaraweera

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said attention has been drawn on creating an export based economy.

The Prime Minister made these remarks while participating in a ceremony for the opening of a new office building complex ‘Mehewara Piyasa’ of the Labour Department in Narahenpita yesterday.

The Prime Minister said the social welfare mechanism will be streamlined for the well-being of retired persons so as to make a comfortable life for private and public sector retirees.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that the new building complex is a result of the on-going mechanism to bring a prosperous future for employees. He thanked Labour Minister Ravindra Samaraweera, who was behind this project.The service of the Ministry will be more widened with the opening of the new building.

The Prime Minister while mentioning of the service of the Ministry said moves are under way to introduce a series of latest trends and technologies to the sector aiming to provide more wider service to people.

“To ensure a peaceful working environment and to minimise industrial disputes it is need to have a sound social protection, to protect the rights of employees and to settle labour disputes” he noted. He said under this government many measures have already been taken to protect workers’ rights while giving them many benefits to working community. With the implementation of the open economy in 1977 by the then UNP government, people of the country are receiving more employment opportunities. Before that there was an agriculture based economy and with the implementation of the open economy, the agriculture based economy turned into production based economy, which created thousands of new employments.

“Before 1977 there were a small state service and a small private sector compared to that of today. In line with the expanding of the state and private sector it resulted into increasing of industrial disputes. Employee protection and employee welfare is require for the economic development of the country” he said.

He added that we Sri Lanka get ready for new trends in the employment sector since there are now employment sectors in the country such as information technology industry.

“If we don’t increase the income of working community, they will go for other countries in search of high income. To provide high salaries it is needed to increase the income of enterprises” the Prime Minister added.

Therefore attention has been drawn on creating an export based economy. He said that during the fourth industrial revolution more machines are used than human resources.

He said the country’s economy was prepared by the government during the last four year period aiming to create an export oriented economy.

 


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