Press releases

This is a list of official ILO press releases issued by the ILO Office in Sri Lanka. The most recent release is at the top.


  1. Sri Lanka stands at a delicate moment in making child labour one for the history books

    23 June 2017

    On 22nd June, in collaboration with the Girl Guides Association and the UNICEF, the ILO hosted an event in Colombo to raise awareness on how Sri Lanka can protect children from child labour, particularly in conflict and disaster situations.

  2. “In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour” ILO calls to build resilience in vulnerable communities in Sri Lanka

    10 June 2017

    World Day Against Child Labour 12th of June, 2017 brings to light the impact that conflicts and disasters can have on child labour.

  3. Optimize the collection and use of OSH data

    04 May 2017

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health emphasized the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.

  4. Less than 5 % of the migrant workers are systematically trained and carry certificates that show their qualifications

    21 April 2017

    Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission and the International Labour Organization co-hosted a national consultation and process validation workshop to generate ideas on how relevant stakehol.ders can further cooperate and improve the current Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) system

  5. Sri Lankan employers, unions and government confirm social dialogue essential for national wage fixation

    05 April 2017

  6. New Country Director for the ILO Office in Sri Lanka and the Maldives

    01 April 2017

    Ms Simrin Singh has officially taken over as the new Country Director for the ILO Country Office for the Sri Lanka and the Maldives on 1st April 2017.

  7. Launch of the Employment Generation and Livelihoods through Reconciliation (EGLR) Project in Northern Sri Lanka

    15 March 2017

    The Project on Employment Generation and Livelihoods through Reconciliation funded by the Government of Norway was launched in Vavuniya on the 15th of March 2017

  8. Women in Asia: High contribution, little rewards

    01 March 2017

    Women's labour force participation has either fallen or remained stagnant across Asia says the ILO ahead of International Women’s Day. An ILO book reviews the role of women in Asia’s economic transformation and highlights the barriers they face in the region’s labour market.

  9. Report on Child Activity Survey 2016 of Sri Lanka Launched

    21 February 2017

    The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) in Sri Lanka launched the report of the Child Activity Survey (CAS) 2016 on 21st of February, 2017. The survey was conducted at the request of the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations. International Labour Organization (ILO) provided technical assistance and the United States Department of Labour financially supported to conduct this country-wide household survey in 2016.

  10. Fair Trade Certification for Red Lady Papaya: Vavuniya North Fruit Growers Cooperative achieves another landmark.

    13 February 2017

    Vavuniya North Fruit Growers Cooperative Union has achieved a major milestone by becoming the First Cooperative in Sri Lanka and probably the first organization in South Asia to be Fair Trade Certified for Red Lady papaya. The certification process was carried out by the Global Certifying Body for Fair Trade- FLOCERT.

  11. Mr Markus Ruck, Officer-in-Charge of CO-Colombo

    16 January 2017

    Regional Director has appointed Mr Markus Ruck as Officer-in- Charge of CO-Colombo from Monday, 16 January 2017, to Friday, 31 March 2017

  12. Sri Lanka ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    12 January 2017

    Sri Lanka is the 81st ILO member State and the 16th Asian State to have ratified the Convention


  1. The ILO together with EFC- supported flood relief scheme reflects credible sustainability

    01 December 2016

    The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) in a bid to reconstruct the heavily damaged homes of the employees of their member corporates in the heavy floods which hit the Western Province early this year collaborated with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  2. Norway and ILO partner to support for livelihood opportunities to the conflict affected communities

    22 November 2016

    Norway and International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Sri Lanka have signed a partnership agreement on 22 November to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the conflict affected communities in the North. The project will address the immediate needs of decent work and livelihood opportunities at the grass root level in the conflict affected Northern Districts.

  3. Promoting Decent Work in the Tea Plantation Sector in Sri Lanka- Project Briefing Meeting

    31 October 2016

    ILO Colombo has introduced its new project “Promoting Decent Work in Tea Plantation Sector –Sri Lanka” to its tripartite constituents at a project briefing meeting held on 26th Oct 2016 at Renuka City Hotel Colombo.

  4. A model for reconciliation through local economic empowerment and sustainable employment generation

    30 August 2016

    The Ministry of Labour & Trade Union Relations in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) hosted a National Forum on lessons learnt from the ILO implemented Local Empowerment for Economic Development(LEED) project funded by the Government of Australia on 30th August 2016 in Colombo.

  5. Asia Pacific: Unions undertake commitment to organize informal workers

    09 August 2016

  6. Prime Minister to kick off Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit in August 2016

    29 July 2016

    The Sri Lanka Human Capital Summit themed ‘Towards a Future-Ready Workforce’ will be on held on 11 and 12 August 2016

  7. ILO supported flood affected families

    01 July 2016

    The recent floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have affected 340,150 people according to information from the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre, 84 people were died and 116 people were missing.

  8. Sri Lanka commits to end worst forms of child labor in the country

    22 June 2016

    The National Ceremony to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour was held at the BMICH on 22nd June 2016 under the patronage of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena.