Labor legislation’s in Sri Lanka Related to Travel & Tourism

In the tourism and hospitality industry we can’t get different legislation’s for this industry in Sri Lanka all the legislations that given by the government to labour are also valid to the tourism industry.
After the independence, there was a significant demographic and educational change is observed. The rapid growth in population of the country also increased the level of the workforce in other sectors like- manufacturing, tourism etc. Due to the high competition in the labor forces, Sri Lankan govt. decided to cut down the service age in the public sector to save the country from the curse of unemployment. To some extent this strategy worked. 
During the nineteenth century, labor legislation mainly dealt with the agricultural sectors and the general labor laws were passed in the closing of years of the colonial rule. In 1941 the government enacted the Wages Boards Ordinance, the first comprehensive piece of legislation regarding the payment of wages, the regulation of working hours, and sick and annual leave; the ordinance also empowered the government to establish wages boards for any trade. The board appoints equal number of labors from all different large sectors, suggested by the employers and workers. Ordinances of 1942 and 1946 enacts that all manufacturing units should have minimum standards for health and safety for the organization. The law also provides the commissioner the right to send an inspection team in any manufacturing plants.
The labour Law of Sri Lanka could broadly be said to originate from the following;

  • Statutes- their objective is the regulation of minimum terms and conditions of employment
  • The awards, orders and judgments
  • Collective agreements entered in to between trade unions & employer
Labour Law in Sri Lanka commenced from about 1830 with the growth of the plantation industry. At present, there are 45 labour status in operation of which some are more or less obsolete and have any academic interest.
Classification of Labour Laws
1.    Statutes on regulation of wages and conditions
  • Employee holiday Act No 06 of 1959
  • Holiday Act No 29 of 1971
  • Privilege Leave (private) Law Act  No 14 of 1976
  • Budgetary Relief Allowance Act No 18 of 1978
  • Fuel Configuration five Day Week Act
  • Special Allowance of Workers Law
  • Supplementary Allowance of Workers Act
  • Wages Boards Ordinance No 43 of 1941
  • Shop and office Employees Act No 43 of 1950
2.    Statutes on employee welfare
  • Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance No 19 of 1934
  • Factories Ordinance No 45 of 1942
  • Employee provident fund Act No 46 of 1980
  • Payment Gratuity Act No 12 of 1983
3.    Statutes on industrial relations
  • Trade Union  Ordinance No 14 of 1935
  • Industrial Dispute Act No 43 of 1950
  • Termination of Employment of workmen Act No 45 of 1971
  • Employee Council Act No 12 of 1979
4.    Statutes on obtaining jobs & training
  • Service contract Ordinance no 11 of 1865
  • Registration of Domestic Services Ordinance No 28 of 1871
  • Chauffeurs Regulation Ordinance No 23 of 1912
  • National Apprenticeship Act No 49 of 1971
  • Employment of Trainees Act No 08 of 1978
  • Foreign Employment Agency Act No 32 of 1980
  • Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment Act No 21 of 1985
5.    Statutes on women, young person and children
  • Mines ( prohibition of female labour underground ) Ordinance No 13 of 1937
  • Maternity Benefits ordinance No 32 of 1939
  • Mines, Quarries and Minerals Ordinance No 55 of 1947
  • Employment of Women, young Persons & Children Act No 47 of 1956
6.    Statutes on Indian labourers

  • Estate Labour (Indian) Ordinance No 13 of 1899
  • Medical Wants Ordinance No 17 of 1880
  • Diseases (labourers) Ordinance No 10 of 1912
  • Thundu Prohibition Ordinance No 43 of 1921
  • Minimum Wages (Indian labour) Ordinance NO 27 of 1927
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