The ILO publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies, relevant to Sri Lanka. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Office in Sri Lanka.


  1. Brochure of Green Jobs in Asia project

    07 December 2011

    The brochure for the Green Jobs in Asia project outlines the objectives, strategy and components of this technical cooperation initiative. The project aims to assist five Asian countries in shifting to a low-carbon, environmentally friendly and climate resilient economy that helps accelerate the jobs recovery, reduce social gaps, support development goals and realize decent work.

  2. Green Jobs Background Brief No.2-December 2011

    01 December 2011

    The background brief provides a summary of the latest news and events from Green Jobs Programme for Asia and the Pacific

  3. Green Jobs Background Brief No.1-August 2011

    01 August 2011

    The background brief provides a summary of the latest news and events from Green Jobs Programme for Asia and the Pacific


  1. Promotion of decent work for plantation and rural youth in Sri Lanka

    30 December 2010

    The project contributes to poverty reduction by helping rural youth enter the labour market. By developing the capacity of local staff and institutions, it also improves labour market and employment services. In addition, it works closely with plantation companies to promote strategic corporate sustainability, factory improvements and a good work-life balance.

  2. Sri Lanka’s working poor

    30 December 2010

    This paper presents a profile of Sri Lanka's working poor in terms of stock and characteristics; attributes associated with the probability of being working poor, and the reasons why the employed poor earn too little to overcome poverty.

  3. Promoting employment-intensive growth in Sri Lanka: policy analysis of the manufacturing and service sectors

    30 December 2010

    This paper examines the employment effect of growth in manufacturing sector industries in Sri Lanka covering a period of 17 years from 1990.

  4. National policy on HIV and AIDS in the world of work in Sri Lanka

    01 June 2010

    The National Policy on HIV and AIDS in the world of work aims to guide the national response to prevention of HIV and AIDS, treatment care and support and mitigate and manage its impact in the workplace.

  5. Sri Lanka's roadmap 2016 on the worst forms of child labour - From commitment to action

    01 June 2010

    Sri Lanka's Roadmap 2016 on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour is based on extensive consultations with the members of the National Steering Committee on Child Labour, including the Ministry of Labour, the National Child Protection Authority and other ministries, representatives of Employers' and Workers' organizations, the ILO and UNICEF.


  1. The current status and evolution of industrial relations in Sri Lanka

    15 December 2009

    A discussion paper on evolution of industrial relations in Sri Lanka.

  2. Labour and social trends in Sri Lanka 2009

    02 December 2009

    Presents an overview of major trends in labour and social conditions in Sri Lanka, while also drawing attention to key policy challenges posed by these trends. The report looks ahead to 2020 with informed projections, likely scenarios and policy implications.

  3. The current status and evolution of industrial relations in Sri Lanka

    30 October 2009

    Focuses on the status and evolution of industrial relations in Sri Lanka including legal framework, actors in the industrial relations system, collective bargaining, disputes settlement, tripartism and social dialogue.

  4. Rapid assessment of the impact of the global economic crisis on employment and industrial relations in Sri Lanka

    31 August 2009

    Provides an initial and rapid stock taking of the impact of the global economic downturn on employment in Sri Lanka around six to eight months into the crisis.

  5. Making Decent Work A National Reality Sri Lanka Road Map

    03 August 2009

    The Road Map captures the priority activities to be embarked on and the twenty Project Plans or Outlines have been derived from the National Plan of Action for Decent Work and designed round the key enabling initiatives contained in the National Plan of Action for Decent Work in Sri Lanka. Project outlines elaborated in this document are inter-related as the thread that links them all are Employment Creation (opportunity to work), Rights at Work, Social Dialogue and Social Protection, the four basic dimensions of Decent Work

  6. National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka Launched

    30 April 2009

    The ILO International Migration Branch, Geneva, and the ILO Office for Sri Lanka, Colombo, provided technical support to the tripartite plus consultative process for the formulation of the National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka. The Policy was officially launched by the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare on 24 February 2009, and approved by the Sri Lanka Cabinet on 30 April 2009.

  7. National framework on social dialogue (In English, Sinhala and Tamil)

    24 April 2009

    As a part of the ILO’s 90th anniversary celebrations, on 24 April 2009, the ILO was instrumental in developing and launching, through tripartite consultations, a National Framework on Social Dialogue, for employers and employees.

  8. ILO celebrates 90 years working for social justice: International Labour Organization and Sri Lanka

    01 April 2009

    This publication highlights a number of outstanding landmarks in the history of the ILO and its relationship with Sri Lanka.


  1. Informal employment in Sri Lanka: Nature, probability of employment, and determinants of wages

    15 October 2008

    A discussion paper on informal employment situation and wages in Sri Lanka.

  2. Integrated rural accessibility planning

    01 October 2008

    This brochure outlines the concepts of integrated rural accessibility planning, its strategy for implementation with particular reference to Sri Lanka.

  3. National labour migration policy for Sri Lanka

    01 October 2008

    The policy articulates the State’s commitment to ensuring a labour migration process that adheres to principles of good governance and rights and responsibilities enshrined in international instruments to advance opportunities for all men and women to engage in migration for decent and productive employment in conditions of freedom, dignity, security and equity.

  4. Decent Work Country Programme Sri Lanka 2008-2012

    01 April 2008

    This document outlines the Decent Work Country Programme for Sri lanka for the period 2008-2012.