The Cabinet of Ministers has consented to continue the previously granted relief for tourism sector employees for another six months from July to December, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.
Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing Minister Rambukwella said that travel and tourism accounts for about 11 percent of the global workforce and the majority of them currently undergo severe financial hardship since they lost their source of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the travel restrictions imposed for international aviation around the world, especially tourism in the country has suffered a setback.
The Cabinet of Ministers had previously approved proposals submitted by the Task Force comprised of employers, employee trade union representatives and Labour Ministry and Labour Department officials in granting relief for sustaining employment of these employees in some institutions within the sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic amidst the crisis.
The relief of proportionately giving opportunity for every employee to be engaged in service, to award which is more advantages from 50% from the total or Rs.14,500 from the monthly salary if the employees are to remain at home and payment of contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and Employees Trust Fund (ETF) by the employees for the said portion of salary will be implemented until December 31, 2021.