Re-employing migrant workers who lost their jobs mulled
By Eunice Ruth
Arrangements have been made to re-employ Sri Lankan migrant workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and further steps have been taken to repatriate other migrants who are willing to return to the country, said Deputy General Manager – Training, Marketing and Recruitment and Media Spokesperson of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), R.K.K.M.P. Randeniya.
When contacted on 31 July, he noted that thus far, 8,000-9,000 workers have reported this to the Bureau office of their respective countries (and to the Bureau in Sri Lanka via the 24 hour hotline 1989 which operates in all three languages), and that the SLBFE together with the overseas offices of the Bureau are processing the re-employment of workers in alternative workplaces. He also noted that migrants who lost their job should get a release letter from the previous employer to be re-employed in a new place and that thus far, Qatar has re-employed 1,500 workers in different places while the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman are in the process of finding new workplaces for Sri Lankans.