ILO plans week of activities to mark 90 years
Is International Labour Organization(ILO) geared to tackle the global
unemployment problem specially at a time when a number of companies are
This was the main question discussed at a media workshop held in
Colombo to mark the ILO's 90th anniversary.
"Mahinda Chinthana Chapter 11 outlines key issues of ILO policies
paving the way for a new Sri Lanka," said Secretary Ministry of Labour
Relations and Manpower Mahinda Madihahewa who was the chief guest on the
Sri Lanka has organized a range of national and regional events which
included a high-level national event to be held at the Presidential
Secretariat Colombo on April 20.
"Decent work and gender equality at the workplace should be ensured.
It is not the quantity but the quality of the job that is important",
said Regional Information Officer(Asia and the Pacific) Sophy Fisher.
Mahinda Madihahewa also said Budget allocation for the ILO related
poverty alleviation projects for this year is over Rupees 45 million.
Twenty self employment projects have already begun in Divisional
"We have been able to find employment for over 100 disabled people at
34 differnt companies at a job fair," said Director General Employers'
Federation of Ceylon(EFC) Ravi Peiris.
"The Labour standard in Sri Lanka is at a higher level compared to
some of the developed countries," said Peiris.
Sri Lanka and the ILO have joined hands in developing a Decent Work
Country Program for 2008-2012. It assists Sri Lanka to improve the
livelihoods and working conditions of the country's women and men.
Sri Lanka and the ILO have collaborated very closely since the
country became a member of the ILO in 1948.
Using its unique tripartite structure, the ILO in Sri Lanka works
closely with the;
• Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower,
• Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC) and
• Major trade unions: SLNSS, NWC, COPSIU, CWC, CMU, CBEU, FTZGSEU,
JSS, and LGSU and NATURE (Group of 17 Trade Unions working together on
training and educational activities).
Regional Information Officer(Asia and the Pacific)ILO Bangkok Sophy
Fisher, ILO Bangkok, Director, ILO Colombo Tine Staermose, Social
Dialogue and Labour Administration Specialist, ILO Sub-Regional Office,
New Delhi Marleen Rueda, Deputy Director ILO Sub-Regional Office, New
Delhi Andre Bogui, Director General-Employers' Federation of Ceylon(EFC)
Ravi Peiris, Director, ILO Colombo Tine Staermose participated at the
The ILO is the oldest specialized agency of the United Nations and
the only surviving major creation of the 1919 Treaty of Versailes.
In Asia and the Pacific, as in other regions, ILO 90 will be marked
by a wide range of high-level activities during the week of April
21-28,(The ILO's original Constitution was approved on April 28, 1919).
These activities will be united by the theme of '90 years working for
social justice' and will be organized by the ILO's tripartite
constituents with support from the ILO.