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* Minimum salary increased for Wages Board controlled employees of Sri Lanka
Sat, May 1, 2010, 12:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Labour Relations and Productivity Promotion Gamini Lokuge announced that the minimum wages of the private sector employees that are covered by Wages Boards would receive a 20 45 percent salary increase.

The Minister stated that the minimum salary of the employees would be increased from Rs. 7000 to 10,000 accordingly.

However, the Secretary of Free Treade Zone Employees' Union Anton Marcus said that Wages Boards could decide only the minimum wage of a sector of employment that is covered by Wages Boards. He pointed out that practically the minimum wage of the employees in these sectors are above that is specified by the Wages Boards. Therefore, the employees will not have any salary increase, he says.

Marcus also said that out of the 4.5 million private sector employees of the country only 2.5 million are subjected to the Wages Board wage control. Twenty million have been totally left out, he says.

However, Minister Lokuge said that measures will be taken to safeguard the rights of the employees that are not covered by Wages Boards.

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