At least 500,000 private sector employees are faced with the prospect of losing their jobs due to the collapse of Sri Lankan businesses following the coronavirus blow, a senior Labour Ministry official said.
Of this so far about 450,000 tourism-industry workers have lost their jobs in Sri Lanka as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic deepens. The job loss includes 180,000 direct employees with the rest from indirectly-related industries, the official said.
A trade union leader said that another 30,000 have lost their jobs on a general count and added that more will have to face the threat of job losses in the future.
The Labour Department has already proposed the establishment of a comprehensive integrated social security scheme including unemployment benefit scheme linked to re-skilling, re-employment, and up-skilling.
The government has been urged to establish a permanent “Social Protection Fund” on a bill adopted in Parliament, Anton Marcus Joint Secretary Free Trade Zones & General Services Employees Union said..