Sri Lanka labor laws to be amended to fulfill needs of working masses

Sept 07, Colombo: Labor Minister of Sri Lanka Gamini Lokuge says the government is committed to providing greater protection to workers and that more amendments would be introduced to existing labor laws to fulfill the workers’ needs.

Sri Lankan Parliament yesterday unanimously passed Industrial Dispute (Amendment) Bill, which increased the fine an employer has to pay if found guilty of an industrial dispute from Rs. 20,000 to Rs 100,000.

Lokuge has said the amendments would provide redress to workers in an industrial dispute.

He has added that the current labor laws in the country that have not been amended since 1999, would

be amended to fulfill the future needs of the working masses.

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) extended its support to pass the bill, but has called on the government to ensure its proper implementation.

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