Promoting the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Sri Lanka
To raise awareness and capacity of workers and employers to understand and exercise their rights and obligations in the workplace, increase the effectiveness of the labour administration/inspection systems, promote tripartite dialogue at different levels, and improve the capacity of the judiciary to process claims related to labour relations.
Labor relations in Sri Lanka were especially contentious, and Sri Lankan workers faced many challenges in exercising basic workplace rights when the project was initially funded in 2009. Under the first and second phases of this project labor relations improved significantly as a result of extensive trainings on national labor laws and workplace cooperation. In Phase III of the project the focus will be on sustainability and building labor management relations in the export processing zones.
The project will focus on the drafting of additional legal provisions to bring selected labor laws and circulars in line with international labor standards. The project will also help in the implementation of modern reporting and case management techniques by upgrading the current computerized system of the labor administration, and facilitate the establishment of a conciliation and mediation unit. Mediation and conciliation training will be provided to tripartite constituents and data management system training would be completed.