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SRI LANKA – The Sri Lankan government’s COVID-19 tripartite taskforce, which it established earlier this month, has reached an agreement to ensure workers remain employed during these unruly times, and that they retain a steady income.

The taskforce, which includes representatives from the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC), IndustriALL, and the Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations, as well as various trade unions, have promised that through the months of May and June workers will be entitled to either 50 per cent of their basic wages or around US$77, whichever is more beneficial.

Apoorva Kaiwar, IndustriALL South Asia regional secretary, said: “The tripartite agreement is an important step forward to provide relief to Sri Lankan workers. IndustriALL Global Union stands in solidarity with Sri Lankan affiliates in their efforts to defend workers’ rights during this challenging period.”

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