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Return of Lankan workers from Libya:

Don't destroy foreign job market - Minister Dilan Perera



Here Foreign Employment Minister Dilan Perera is handing over a cheque to one of the recipients. SLBFE Chairman Kingsly Ranawaka and SLITFB Chairman Senaka Abeygunasekara are also in the picture.

The Foreign Employment and Welfare Ministry has warned foreign job agents, Sri Lankan expatriate workers and political elements in the country to refrain from destroying the foreign job market for Sri Lankans.

Minister Dilan Perera told the Sunday Observer that the names of such job agencies and expatriate workers would be blacklisted in future, if they repeatedly make attempts to carry out unnecessary campaigns and work stoppages in foreign countries.

Referring to a recent incident, the Minister said that of the 143 Sri Lankans who had gone to Libya for jobs, 118 had returned over a minor dispute related to duty hours.

Minister Perera further said these workers were compelled to return to Sri Lanka on the request of job agencies and certain politicians on the grounds that they would receive a large sum of money in compensation.

The Minister urged Lankan workers to solve matters of this nature amicably with Sri Lankan envoys and labour officials deployed in foreign countries before deciding to return to the country.

Minister Perera said the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) paid Rs. 8.6 million to the 118 workers from the Sri Lanka Insurance Trust Fund Board (SLITFB) on a directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

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