National workshop on wage concepts and wage setting process for informal and home based workers in lower tiers of supply chains

This capacity-building event will focus on understanding minimum wage-setting systems and methods, calculating wages for piece rated, casual, informal and home based workers engaged in the lower tiers of the global (and domestic) supply chains. The workshop intends to strengthen the capacity of the ILO’s constituents and membership-based organisations of home-based and informal economy workers in Sri Lanka, to design and implement effective wage policies and wage-setting methods, informed by the realities of informal economy workers.

This two-day National Workshop on Wage Concepts and Wage Setting Processes will examine the challenges of informal economy workers  in relation to gender-based wage discrimination  including gender concerns in wage setting; how small production unit operators and workers can calculate piece-rate wages in line with minimum wages; and the role of social dialogue in wage setting and enabling representation.

The two day session is expected to:
  • Enhance understanding of the minimum wage setting system and its application to home based and informal workers;
  • Improve capacities on practical tools and mechanisms for participatory and evidence-based minimum wage-fixing and role of collective bargaining in process in wage setting, including understanding gender pay gaps and pay equity issues;
  • Enrich the ability of employers, workers, and their representatives and other constituents to calculate casual and piece-rate wages for different tasks and processes and
  • Enhanced learning through the cross-national exchange of views and experiences among the participants.

The workshop will bring together Workers Organisations, Employers Organisations, Government representatives, membership-based organisations of home-based and informal economy workers.