ILO Office for Sri Lanka (CO–Colombo)

  1. Welcome to the ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives

    The strong cooperation between Sri Lanka and the ILO dates back to Sri Lanka’s admission to the ILO in 1948. We deliver our technical and financial assistance to Sri Lanka through a Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), developed in full consultation with our tripartite partners; the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon (EFC), the Trade Unions and the Government (Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations as our focal point).

    Decent work is captured in four strategic objectives: fundamental principles and rights at work and international labour standards; employment and income opportunities; social protection and social security; and social dialogue and tripartism. These objectives hold for all workers, women and men, in both formal and informal economies; in wage employment or working on their own account; in the fields, factories and offices; in their home or in the community.

    The ILO also believes that decent work is central to efforts to reduce poverty, and is a means for achieving equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in Sri Lanka.

    The Republic of Maldives joined the ILO in 2009 as the 183rd member state. An archipelago consisting of about 1,200 small low-lying islands, Maldives numbers a population of about 300,000 and 80,000 migrant workers with tourism and fishing acting as major generators of income and employment.

    Projects in the Maldives are coordinated by the office in Colombo and presently focused on the development of labour market institutions, social dialogue, tripartism and ratification of ILO’s core labour conventions.

What's New

  1. Workshop for ILO constituents on Mediation and Conciliation

    International Labour Organization’s Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives conducted a two day training programme on mediation and conciliation for the ILO constituents on the 17th and 18th of September in Colombo.

  2. Award Winning Actress Joins ILO to Boost Young People's Awareness

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) on September 5 and 10 2015, supported two Career and Entrepreneur Job fairs by way of sponsoring and endorsement. EDEX Mid-year Expo held in Colombo, attracted over ten thousands young visitors. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce ‘Careerlead’ was organised at the Rajarata University in the Anuradhapura district, attracting over four thousand students from several districts in the north and east. Overall, both job fairs gathered the participation of over one hundred reputed companies across a number of sectors. Students and youth were offered the opportunity to receive actual career guidance while being presented with direct recruitment opportunities and with information on ILO’s activities, notably those related with labour rights and responsibilities for youth in the workplace.

  3. VTASL and ILO join hands to introduce labour market oriented vocational training in North and East

    Under the European Union Support for District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) ILO has entered into an agreement with Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTASL) on 4th September 2015 to introduce labour market oriented skills training and to improve delivery capacity of selected vocational training centres in Vavuniya, Mannar, Batticaloa and Ampara districts.

  4. Labour Rights and Responsibilities of Young Workers in the Work Place

    Following on the inaugural EDEX job fair conducted in collaboration with the ILO in January 2014 and the subsequent successful job fairs in August 2014 and January 2015, ILO as the lead UN agency on Youth Employment and skills training has come forward to yet again endorse and strategically partner the fourth national job fair to be held on September 5th and 6th 2015 in pursuing ILO’s mandate of providing access to Decent Employment and training opportunities for all Sri Lankan youth. To this effect, ILO will be conducting a Seminar on the topic of ‘Labour Rights and Responsibilities of Young Workers in the workplace’ on September 5th from 11 am – 12:30 pm

  5. ILO Assistant Director General &Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific to visit Sri Lanka

    At the invitation of the Ministry of Labour, the ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific, Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, will make her first official visit to Sri Lanka from 8th to 15th August 2015.

  6. ILO Colombo e- Newsletter 6th Edition

  7. Decent work for domestic workers begins at home

  8. Ensure that every child has a full childhood - Prime Minister

    Prime Minister's message on World Day Against Child Labour

  9. World Day Against Child Labour -12 June

  10. ILO continues farmer empowerment through economic development

    Handing over of the cooperative complex to Mulankavil Farmers’ Cooperative Society, Killinochchi District, Sri Lanka

  11. Commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour 2015

    The annual World Day Against Child Labour has been observed on 12th June 2015 since 2002. The theme for this year is Say No to child labour, Yes to Quality Education. Education is a human right and a key factor in reducing poverty and child labour.

  12. The way back to school

    Saddis Kumar's mother works in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka. His father is unable to work due to a health problem. Saddis was about to fall into child labour, but then the ILO intervened.