Labour and Foreign Employment Minister and Co-Cabinet Spokesman Manusha Nanayakkara said a Circular for public servants to apply for foreign employment will be issued soon.
The Minister was addressing a media briefing at the Government Information Department yesterday(7).
The Minister said that this matter was discussed at length at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday. The Minister said the Health and the Public Administration Ministries are in the process of formulating guidelines to issue the Circular stating that their work abroad will not affect their pensions and seniority.
The government is taking steps to provide foreign employment opportunities to public servants under an accelerated programme to find solutions to the crisis in the country by increasing remittances from migrant workers.
Minister Nanayakkara stated that the Cabinet has approved amendments to several Sections of the Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950.
Although non-legal representatives have recently been given the opportunity to appear before Labour Tribunals, various issues have arisen in this regard. The Minister has submitted this Cabinet Memorandum yesterday with the intention of preventing this situation.
Trade union representatives and non-legal representatives have been given the opportunity to represent their parties before Labour Tribunals on an equal footing with lawyers since the establishment of the Labor Tribunal.