Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan government gets approval to sign agreement with Saudi Arabia on migrant workers
Fri, Feb 14, 2014, 10:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received the go-ahead from the Cabinet of ministers to sign the agreement with Saudi Arabia to protect the rights and safeguard the welfare of migrant domestic workers.

Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia last month signed a memorandum of understanding for the protection of Sri Lankan domestic workers employed in the Kingdom and the Saudi government has given its concurrence to a draft Agreement to be entered into between the two governments.

According to the Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Ministry, currently about 500,000 Sri Lankans are employed in the Kingdom and 60 percent of them are female domestic workers.

The Kingdom has signed similar agreements that have a protection mechanism for the migrant workers with India and the Philippines last month.

The agreement with Sri Lanka is very similar in content to the agreement entered between Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

According to the new agreement between the two governments, the domestic worker is not required to pay for recruitment.

The sponsors cannot hold the employees' passports and the domestic workers are not required to surrender their passports to the employer. The passport is to be in the custody of the domestic worker.

Also, the employers are required to open a bank account for the domestic worker and deposit the salary monthly in that account instead of the usual practice of paying the salaries in cash. The Pass Book of the bank account should be in the custody of the domestic worker.

Under the agreement at the end of a period of two years of service, the workers are entitled to a 30 days paid vacation in Sri Lanka. If the domestic worker is returning to the same employer an additional one month's salary should be paid to the worker.

Although Sri Lanka has been sending domestic workers to Saudi Arabia for the past 25 years, this is the first time a deal was reached with the Saudi Kingdom to safeguard the rights of the domestic worker.

Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera has put forward the proposal to the cabinet to enter into the Agreement with Saudi Arabia.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia sign landmark deal on migrant workers

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
CA Sri Lanka launches Continuing Professional Development Online Tool
-- [56 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan maid with commuted death sentence deported after serving jail term
-- [1 hour and 15 minutes ago]
World Bank South Asia Region Vice President arrives in Sri Lanka
'Those who have skeletons in closets are scared of OMP' - JVP
SLFP will not contest under swan symbol -Minister
Gazette notification reducing prices of pharmaceuticals by Aug 31
Sri Lanka Navy arrests man transporting 50 kg of Kerala Cannabis
Indian Minister's cancelled visit to Sri Lanka not linked to ETCA
U.S. Navy submarine tender to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow
Two Sri Lankan students participate in the CERN Summer Student Programme for the first time

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.