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Sunday, 24 May 2020 14:09

NOTICE ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENT’S MEDIA DIVISION ON CURFEW IMPOSED ON 24TH AND 25TH MAY 2020  

1.      As you are aware, the 25th of May is not a Mercantile Holiday – i.e. for the private sector (other than for 4 wages boards) in terms of the Law and that it is only a Public and Bank holiday. 

2.      Being mindful that establishments have scheduled urgent production / service requirements & that some operations cannot either be shut down or curtailed within a short period of time, we took measures to immediately contact the Secretary to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations to clarify the conditions under which establishments in the private sector can operate on the 24th and 25th May. 

Our objective was to ascertain whether ‘additional restrictions’ are to be in place, other than those which prevailed during the last couple of weeks and issued the circular referred to above in order to avoid any inconvenience to our members and their employees. Further, we did so also having regard to the fact that establishments in the Colombo & Gampaha districts did operate during ‘curfew’ (i.e. since the 11th May). 

3.      The Secretary to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations - reversing an earlier clarification - informed the undersigned that ‘additional conditions’ will in fact be in place tomorrow which is designated as a day of ‘curfew’ for all districts. We understand that this decision has been taken on account of the health conditions & employers are advised to strictly adhere to same.

4.      Accordingly, only sectors / establishments designated as providers of essential services and those have been specifically granted permission to work during ‘strict curfew’ days – i.e. prior to 11th of May - will be able to operate. 

5.      Curfew passes will be essential if employees are to travel / to be transported for work. We understand that public transport services will be severely restricted tomorrow. The practice of showing text messages and letters of authority issued by establishments is unlikely to be sufficient. Hence, employers are requested to obtain such curfew passes if they wish to make deployments for work. 

6.      Additionally, all employers are requested to contact the Police Headquarters or the local police station to find out the conditions that are in place if work is to be carried out tomorrow 25th May 2020. 

7.      Employers are encouraged to take decisions regarding deployments at work tomorrow 25th May only after considering the restrictions that have been placed by the authorities to prevent spread of the pandemic in order to avoid any disruptions / inconvenience to your operations as well as employees may have to contend with otherwise. 

8.      Whereas deployments such as ‘working from home’ are encouraged – wherever possible - regrettably those who cannot be assigned such work may have to be considered as being ‘benched’ (i.e. on account of the inability to deploy employees at work due to restrictions imposed by the authorities due to health conditions).

 

 

Director General

 

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