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Sri Lanka to raise compensation for workplace accidents

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Sri Lanka’s government has approved amendments to the country’s labor laws intended to increase compensation for workplace injuries and deaths, local media reported on Thursday.

Government spokesperson and mass media minister Keheliya Rambukwella was quoted in the Daily FT as saying that the cabinet has approved the amendments to the existing laws related to workplace compensation.

“The minimum salary applicable for compensation has been increased from 2,500 LKR (14 United States dollars) to 10,000 LKR (54 United States dollars) and the maximum salary has been increased from 20,000 LKR (108 United States dollars) to 100,000 LKR (542 United States dollars),’’ he said.

According to the proposed amendments, the compensation for workplace injuries will range between 1.2 million LKR (6,508 United States dollars) and 2 million LKR (10,846 United States dollars).

While that for deaths will range between 1.14 million LKR (6,182 United States dollars) and 2 million LKR (10,846 United States dollars).

Rambukwella said the proposed amendment bill is in line with the election pledge of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN

 

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