Symposium on International Labour Standards for Labour Tribunal Presidents

The International Labour Organization (ILO), together with the Judges Institute of Sri Lanka and the Labour Tribunal Presidents Association organized a Symposium on International Labour Standards on the 13th and 14th of November 2015.

Press release | 13 November 2015
The Chief Guest at the Symposium was his Lordship K. Sripavan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka who graced the first day of the programme and inaugurated the event. Speaking at the event his Lordship emphasised the need for maturity, impartiality and speed in carrying out justice and stated that the judiciary should necessarily adopt a critical attitude towards itself. Quoting former Chief Justice Sir Edward Jayathilake he said that “people give us the highest respect because we are judges, if we do not dispense justice our office alone does not entitle us to that respect”.

Left to right: His Lordship, K. Sripavan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Mr. Donglin Li, ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Mrs. K. S. Pathirana, President of the Labour Tribunal Presidents Association and Mr. S. Ranasinghe, Labour Tribunal President – Colombo.
The symposium was also attended by his Lordship Justice Priyasanth Dep, Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and Hon. Justice Suresh Chandra, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. In his address Justice Dep highlighted the need for establishing a set of uniform procedures for labour tribunals in order to maintain consistency across the system. He stated that these procedures should necessarily be simplified in order to prevent disadvantages particularly to the employees. On the second day of the symposium Justice Suresh Chandra led the discussion on a set of draft procedural guidelines/regulations for Labour Tribunal Presidents.
Speaking at this event Mr. Donglin Li, ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives requested the participants to make use of this opportunity to share knowledge on the international labour standards and domestic legislations, to learn experiences from each other and to build capacity for promoting harmonious industrial relations.