Friday, 20 July 2007

Sri Lanka parliament appoints a select committee to look into the problems of the expatriate workers

Thursday, July 19, 2007, 14:23 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
July 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka parliament has agreed to appoint a select committee to look into the grievances of the expatriate workers.
The select committee comprises MPs Vijitha Herath, Jayantha Samaraweera, Sarath Kumara Gunarathna, Jayalath Jayawardhana, Joseph Michael Perera, Achala Suranga Jagoda and Abdul Baiz.
The select committee is mandated to look into the matters such as recruiting agencies, training, service conditions, problems, accidents, distresses etc. and to recommend initiatives that should be taken.
The remittances from the expatriate workers are one of the pillars of the island’s economy. There are around 1.5 million expatriate Lankans working mainly in Middle East. The majority of them are females working as housemaids under sub human conditions. [Source]

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