Receiving GSP + again is a huge victory and a blessing for the entire working class in Sri Lanka, Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister W.D.J.Seneviratne said.
According to Minister Seneviratne, GSP+ had been granted to Sri Lanka again considering the implementation of 27 International Treaties and out of this number eight are included in the International Labour Organization's labour conventions which is implemented in Sri Lanka by the Labour and Trade Union Relations Ministry.
Minister Seneviratne pointed out that under his administration, the minimum salary of a private sector worker has been brought up to Rs. 13,500.
Another Rs. 2,500 salary increase is given to all private sector workers with salaries bellow Rs. 40,000. Child labour has brought down to one percent of the total child population in the country, he said.
Over 6,000 items export from Sri Lanka will come under GSP+ and it will boost private sector, especially the garment sector, he said.
The large number of vacancies exist in the garment sector will be filled. New employments will also be created, he added