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.
18 July - 22 August 2011
People with disabilities face severe unemployment in the Asia and Pacific region and throughout the world and they make up a significant proportion of the world’s poor, as much as 20 per cent by UN estimates. Yet, they are often excluded from the very opportunities − social, educational and vocational − that could lead them out of poverty. More than half of the world’s disabled people − a total of 370 million − live in the Asia and the Pacific region and of those, 238 million are of working age. No country can successfully develop when such a large segment − between 5 to 20 per cent of the population by various estimates − are excluded from the social and economic mainstream.
30 June 2011
This symposium was held on 30th June 2011 for members of the Employers' Federation of Ceylon (EFC)to raise awareness on the concept of green jobs, to brief them on a proposed green initiative mapping exercise and to build capacities within the EFC (professional staff and organisations in the membership of the EFC).
Trade Union Training on Promoting Compliance to Core Labour Standards and Decent Work in Special Economic Zones
19 - 20 May 2011
This capacity-building program sought to look at gaps or weaknesses as well as areas of possible trade union actions in the observance of core labour standards in special economic zones and enterprises in Sri Lanka.
16 May - 5 June 2011
This forum seeks participants’ experiences, expertise and feedback on the issue. Participation is open to all who have an interest in green jobs related issues.
16 - 27 May 2011
This forum seeks participants’ experiences, expertise and feedback on the issue. Participation is open to all who have an interest in youth employment related issues.
26 - 28 April 2011
Launched as part of the Asian Decent Work Decade Knowledge Networks series, the AP-IR Net community of Practice (CoP) sets the stage for ILO constituents, IR professionals, academia and others to interact and to share resources, experiences, expertise and ideas in order to find timely solutions to a range of legal, policy and practical challenges in labour and employment relations.
A judicial colloquium on the impact of ILO conventions on the adjudication of disputes before Labour Tribunals
23 April 2011
This is a meeting of labour tribunal presidents with ILO experts and justices of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka to discuss procedural and adjudication aspects of Labour Disputes.
10 - 12 March 2011
In Sri Lanka, the dispute settlement machinery has to meet the challenges of effective disposal of disputes pending before conciliators. In order to enhance the conciliation skills of conciliators and create awareness on prevention of disputes through workplace cooperation, a workshop is organized for BOI and Ministry of Labour officials.
Train the Trainer (TOT) workshop on Capacity Building of Labour Inspectors on Effective and Modern Labour Inspection Strategies
3 - 5 March 2011
Sri Lanka has embarked to recruit 300 new inspectors. The Inspectors need to be provided with induction training and on the job training on planning, programming and evaluation of inspections. The training programme focussed on imparting practical skills to the trainers in order to be able to develop capacity within the new labour inspectors in order to ensure compliance of the labour law in Sri Lanka.
25 - 28 January 2011
APYouthNet will host a rejuvenation event to take stock of the progress made in the community since its launch two years ago.
24 - 25 January 2011
The National Green Jobs Conference “Green Jobs: the Way Forward” was organized by ILO in collaboration with the Ministries of Labour and Labour Relations and Productivity Promotion, with financial support from the Australian Government, under the ILO-Australia Partnership Programme 2010 – 2015. The conference discussed ways of supporting environmentally, economically and socially sustainable enterprises and development, and the creation of more green jobs in Sri Lanka. More than 100 participants, representing government departments and institutions, employers' and workers' organizations, private sector, NGOs, research institutes and media attended this two day conference.
19 - 21 October 2010
11 - 13 October 2010
Module based training programme for selected trade unionists
12 August 2010
International Youth Day was celebrated on 12th August in the Province of Sabaragamuwa. 200 young women and men from the plantations convened for a career guidance programme to mark the occasion. Many of them unemployed, registered themselves in the Labour Market Unit of both the Ratnapura District Secretary’s office and the Provincial Office. One of the drama groups trained to continue the Forum theatre component of the ILO-Japan Youth Employment project presented a short, but crisp performance focusing on challenges faced by youth living on plantations foremost amongst them being adult alcoholism that affected their education and prospects of employment. The programme was organized by Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) in collaboration with the ILO/Japan YE project.
19 - 31 July 2010
Moderated by Professor Niall O’Higgins from Salerno University in Italy, this forum seeks participants’ experiences, expertise and feedback on the issue. Participation is open to all who have an interest in youth employment related issues.
Launch of the study on “Promoting Employment-Intensive Growth in Sri Lanka: Policy Analysis of the Manufacturing and Service Sectors
2 July 2010
The study examines the employment effect of growth in manufacturing sector industries in Sri Lanka covering a period of 17 years from 1990 and focuses on two periods, the slow growth period of the 1990s and the period of high growth (post-2000). The study uses an integrated framework which qualifies the relative importance of the key factors determining of employment elasticity and its variations between the two time periods. The findings indicate that manufacturing sector has responded positively to policy reforms of post-1977 period in terms of growth, export orientation, productivity, profitability and employment creation.
2 July 2010
The first ever comprehensive study on “Sri Lanka’s Working Poor will be launched on 2nd July 2010. The study examines the links between the nature of employment and the incidence of poverty and investigate in greater detail the prevalence of poverty among different classes of employed. It also examines factors other than growth and redistribution that contribute to poverty among them. This study builds on earlier analytical work commissioned by the ILO on informal employment in Sri Lanka using the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) data of 2006. That study found informal employment accounting for 65 per cent of total employment and informal employees on general earning considerably lower wages than formal employees.
Sri Lanka's Road Map to 2016 - Elimination of the worst forms of Child Labour, Colombo Sri Lanka 21-23 June 2010
21 - 23 June 2010
A high-level conference organized to make a public commitment to the 2016 Roadmap on the elimination of the worst forms of child labour and present it to key stakeholders in the process, including concerned public and private sector agencies, donors and development partners.
18 May 2010
This Policy was developed through a consultative process with the workers, employers, civil society and the government, with the technical assistance from the International Labour Organization.(ILO) The objective of this workshop is to present the policy for wider consultation.
31 March 2010
The Ministry of Justice & Law Reforms in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) is organizing a National Stakeholder Consultation on the Implementation of the Existing Legislation on Trafficking in Persons in Sri Lanka. The Consultation is organized cognizant of the need to revisit the national legislation on Trafficking in Persons with a view to recognizing its potential as well as identifying challenges to implementation. It is envisaged that the Consultation will help build consensus and leverage services to eliminate all forms of trafficking in persons, in Sri Lanka. The Consultation will secure the participation of all national stakeholders including the Ministries of Justice & Law Reforms, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare, The Attorney General’s Department, Police Department, Sri Lanka Navy and the National Child Protection Authority.