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Name: Estate Labour (Indian) Ordinance (No. 13 of 1889).
Country: Sri Lanka
Subject(s): Migrant workers; Agriculture workers
Type of legislation: Regulation, Decree, Ordinance
Adopted on: 1889-10-31
Entry into force:
ISN: LKA-1889-R-37390
Bibliography: Labour Code of Sri Lanka, 2004, Labour Legislation (in force 31 December 2002), Ministry of Employment and Labour, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 517-530
Labour Code of Sri Lanka - Consolidated and Updated to 31st December 2009, 2010, Ministry of Labour Relations and Productivity Promotion, Sri Lanka, pp. 574-587
Department of Labour Department of Labour, Sri Lanka PDF [consolidated text up to 2009] PDF [consolidated text up to 2009] (consulted on 2011-02-28)
Abstract/Citation: This Ordinance, incorporating all changes through 1979, amends and consolidates the law relating to Indian Labourers employed on Sri Lanka estates. A "labourer" is defined to include "kangany" (Indian coolies) and "Tulicans" (a group of Muslims). Limits contracts of employment, verbal, implied or written, to one month. Regulates how verbal contracts are to be construed, and specifies that written employment contracts longer than one month must comply with the Service Contracts Ordinance. Specifies the means of payment of wages and the priority given to unpaid wages before other debts. Labourers are given standing to sue in Primary Courts to recover unpaid wages. Grants immunity from arrest in execution of a debt. Requires employers to prepare and keep a complete register of labourers and to fulfil other registration requirements.
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