Events and meetings

The ILO Office in Sri Lanka organizes and takes part in a wide range of meetings, conferences, workshops and training events. More information about the events listed below can be found by clicking on the relevant link or contacting us by email.

April 2020

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020 - Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives

    28 April 2020

    Recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

February 2020

  1. Local economic growth through partnerships and value chain development through LEED+ model

    28 February 2020

    The Chamber Academy of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has organised a knowledge sharing session, together with the International Labour Organisation on the LEED+ project and its incentives to the private sector and local producers.

  2. Final National Workshop of the pilot project on flood and drought resilience in selected districts in Sri Lanka

    27 February 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives will be conducting the final national workshop of the pilot project on flood and drought resilience in Ratnapura, Kalutara and Kilinochchi districts.

  3. Recognising contributions of migrant workers: Strengthening safe labour migration processes in Sri Lanka

    25 February 2020

    An event to recognise the contributions of migrant workers and to emphasise the need to strengthen safe labour migration processes will be held in Colombo on 25th February 2020.

  4. Decent Work Country Programme Task Force Meeting

    11 - 13 February 2020

    Decent Work Country Programme Task Force Meeting WCP Taskforce meets in Jaffna 11-13 February 2020

January 2020

  1. Local knowledge sharing on Watershed Management

    24 January 2020

    Dissemination of knowledge products for mainstreaming disaster resilience into national and rural development.

  2. Paving the Way to Ratification of C189 Decent Work for Domestic Workers

    7 January 2020

    A national consultation on the road map to ratify the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).

December 2019

  1. Promoting Decent work for invisible workers in South Asia National Consultation

    12 December 2019

    Sri Lanka national consultation on home based and informal workers in global supply chains

  2. National Work-Plan for Trade Unions in Sri Lanka

    9 - 10 December 2019

    Building a common platform and strengthening the collective voice of trade unions through joint actions in 2020

  3. Fair Recruitment of aspirant Migrant Workers and their Families in Sri Lanka

    8 - 10 December 2019

    Information and awareness on fair recruitment to aspiring migrant workers, their families and the wider community was provide by the National Trade Union Federation, in association with the ILO, through three one-day fairs in Sri Lanka, which brought national and local government officials, trade unions and migrant associations, as well as local civil society organisations.

  4. Bright Spots in Sri Lanka's Future of Work

    5 December 2019

    Knowledge sharing on two sectors of opportunity and challenge for Sri Lanka's labour force.

  5. National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Programme of Sri Lanka Validation Workshop

    3 December 2019

    Tripartite workshop convened by the Ministry of Labour to review and finalise the draft National Occupational Safety and Health Programme, with the technical assistance of the ILO in Colombo on 03 December 2019.

October 2019

  1. Trade union representativity for collective bargaining in Sri Lanka

    29 October 2019

    Workshop for trade unions in the private sector on the application of ILO supervisory body recommendations on the minimum threshold for representativity of trade unions in Sri Lanka in compliance with Convention 098 (Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining).

  2. Grievance Handling Guidelines and Workplace Cooperation Guidelines: Training of Department of Labour (DoL) Trainers

    28 - 29 October 2019

    A training-of-trainers (ToT) workshop for about 20 Sri Lanka DoL officials was held on 28-29 October 2019. This followed an earlier workshop convened by the DoL in partnership with the ILO in July 2019 to develop enterprise-level grievance handling guidelines and workplace cooperation guidelines respectively. The next step following the TOT is to pilot the guidelines in a few enterprises and to refine them further based on the lessons learned.

September 2019

  1. Enhancing Protection and Welfare of Sri Lankan Migrant Workers Abroad

    18 - 20 September 2019

    A symposium on enhancing protection and welfare of Sri Lankan migrant workers, through revision of the Operational Manual for Labour Sections of Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions, between 18th – 20th September 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

August 2019

  1. Asia-Pacific region awareness creation workshop to maximize the positive and minimize the negative impacts of implementation of Climate Change response measures

    27 - 29 August 2019

    Awareness creation workshop to maximize the positive and minimize the negative impacts of implementation of Climate Change response measures’ organised by the UNFCCC and the ILO and hosted in the Maldives on 27-29 August 2019

July 2019

  1. Strengthening bi-partite social dialogue mechanisms for enhanced workplace cooperation

    11 - 12 July 2019

    The ILO’s tripartite constituents in Sri Lanka have identified the strengthening of social dialogue and workplace cooperation as a critical factor for improved dispute resolution. The Department of Labour has engaged employers and trade unions on labour dispute settlement at enterprise-level in the past. However, this has not been successful due to differing interests of employers and trade unions.

  2. Enhanced Dispute Resolution through Enterprise-level Grievance Handling Mechanisms

    8 - 9 July 2019

    The ILO’s tripartite constituents in Sri Lanka have identified the strengthening of social dialogue and workplace cooperation as a critical factor for improved dispute resolution. The Department of Labour has engaged employers and trade unions on labour dispute settlement at enterprise-level in the past. However, this has not been successful due to differing interests of employers and trade unions.

June 2019

  1. New safety and health issues emerge as the world of work changes

    27 June 2019

    The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, together with the Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations, Department of Labour, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and trade unions will hold an event on Occupational Safety and Health at work on the 27th of June in Colombo.

April 2019

  1. Department of Labour initiates review of draft National Labour Inspection Policy for Sri Lanka

    11 April 2019

    The ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives in collaboration with the Department of Labour conducted a one-day workshop on 8th April 2019 to revisit the existing draft National Labour Inspection Policy for Sri Lanka