( Tourism industry workforce protest )
The tourism industry workforce to carry out a protest against the recent budget allocations and lack of relief for hotel staff.
The Hotel Workers Centre – Inter Company Employees Union National Convenor B. I. Abdeen has told, a miserly Rs.385 million has been allocated to the Tourism Ministry for home stays that are primarily in the informal sector and a three-wheeler campaign with next to nothing made for promotions next year.
They noted that one of the main issues highlighted by them was the increasing capacity of rooms and no proper plans in place to bring down the adequate number of visitors.
In this respect, he pointed out that they would be carrying out a protest in front of the Tourism Ministry office in Colombo.
Moreover, no changes to the minimum wages of hotel employees were made as it currently stood at Rs.13, 500 considered to be the lowest under the Wages Board salary structures.
The protest comes at a time when the industry is set to welcome its peak season visitors.
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