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Ministry of Labour

Improving the standards of living and service conditions of workers in the semi-government and private sectors of Sri Lanka and the formulation of pertinent policies and implementation thereof by establishing industrial peace and employer and employee relationship required for the enhancement of the production and labour productivity are the prime objectives of the Ministry of Labour. The scope of the Ministry has broadened with labour legislations enacted from time to time with the welfare of the worker in mind. Accordingly, the vision and mission of the Ministry are as follows.

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“A satisfied productive labour force”


“Contribute towards the socio-economic development through the promotion of industrial peace and harmony, social protection rights at work and productivity”


  • To empower and strengthen tripartite relationship
  • To ensure globally accepted rights and conditions at work
  • To eliminate child labour
  • To protect and empower employed women and promote gender equity and equality
  • To expedite relevant labour law reforms
  • To initiate action to develop a comprehensive social protection strategy

Major Thrust Areas

  • Industrial Peace and Harmony
  • Labour Standards and Enforcement
  • Protection of Working Women and Elimination of Child Labour
  • Occupational, Safety and Health
  • Social Protection
  • Education, Training, Research and Development

Related Institutional and Legal Framework

Departments, Statutory Institutions and Public Corporations

  • Department of Labour
  • National Institute of Labour Studies
  • Employees’ Provident Fund
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Office of the Commissioner of Workmen’s Compensation
  • National Productivity Secretariat

Laws and Ordinance to be Implemented

  • Employees’ Councils Act, No. 32 of 1979 Employees’ Provident Fund Act, No. 15 of 1958 Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act, No. 47 of 1956
  • Factories Ordinance No. 45 of 1942
  • Industrial Disputes Act, No. 43 of 1950
  • Maternity Benefits Ordinance No. 32 of 1939 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Act, No. 38 of 2009
  • Payment of Gratuity Act No 12 of 1983
  • Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Act No. 19 of 1954
  • Termination of Employment of Workmen (Special Provisions) Act, No. 45 of 1971
  • Trade Union Ordinance No 14 of 1935
  • Wages Boards Ordinance No. 27 of 1941 Compensation Ordinance No 19 of 1934
  • Shrama Vasana Fund Act No. 12 of 1998

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