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* Sri Lankan government in discussions to raise private sector wages
Sat, Mar 6, 2010, 10:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Labour Department is in discussions with the private sector to increase the salaries of employees in the private sector.

Commissioner General of Labour, W.J.L.U Jayaweera says the discussions are progressing and 50 percent of work in this regard has been completed.

The government has called 36 salary Wages Boards to discuss the issue and discussions with four of them have been completed.

The salary structure in the private sector is determined by tripartite Wages Boards comprising the government, employers, and worker representatives.

Sri Lanka's private sector currently has 43 tripartite Wages Boards. Around 7 are for the services sectors and the balance covers other sectors like manufacturing and plantations.

The Commissioner General said an agreement has been reached regarding pay hikes for the printing sector. There is a consensus to increase the salaries of workers in the printing sector between 15 to 20 percent.

The government hopes to increase private sector salaries by the 1st of May. The government increased the public sector salaries effective from January this year.

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