Unrest at the Foreign Employment Bureau temporarily resolved with the support of the employees – Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara

The unrest which arose due to approval not been granted as yet for the payment of the year-end bonuses to the employees at the Foreign Employment Bureau, has been resolved to a certain extent, with the understanding of the employees, Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara said.

He said that the situation was brought under control with the understanding of the employees as the expatriation activities of workers, especially to leading overseas employment destinations such as South Korea, cannot be interrupted.

Labour and Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara who is in Anuradhapura said that a decision will be taken with the consultation of the Ministry of Finance regarding the payment of bonuses at the earliest possible time. The minister expressing his views to the media further said:

“Normally they should get bonuses. The institution is a profitable one. Annual targets have been met. There has been a heated situation among the employees as they think they have been mistreated as employees of some loss-making government institutions also have been paid year-end bonuses. But for now we were able to alleviate the situation to some extent. I hope to solve this problem by talking to the Ministry of Finance. If work is hampered with regard to foreign employment departures the employment contracts of people going to some leading destinations such as Korea may get annulled. This will result in big damages and losses to the country. Therefore, we hope to make a decision on this very soon. These people have earned money for the government. But we have not received any decision regarding payment of bonuses as yet.

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