Collective Agreements In Sri Lanka

In the event that the conditions of the collective agreement are not met due to non-compliance with the conditions by the employer, conciliation is initiated by the Industrial Relations Department in order to settle the dispute by a settlement protocol. If this is not the case, both parties may resort to a voluntary arbitration procedure to settle the dispute. When the trade union initiates trade union actions, compulsory conciliation is carried out by the Labour Court by the Labour Commissioner. During this procedure, disputes are decided by a single arbitration body and the decision of the labour court binds the parties. However, an appeal procedure in legal matters is submitted to the High Court and the Court of Appeal. At present, the CCP and two signatory unions, namely the Ceylon Workers` Congress (CWC) and the Jathika Estate Workers` Union (LJEWU), are covered and bound by the collective agreement concluded in accordance with Sri Lankan law, which decides on current wages and will enter into force until at least January 2021. The EFC said that if the proposed increase were to be imposed on CCP, it would be inconsistent with the legal provisions and values of the International Labour Organization`s (ILO) “Kern” 98 agreement on collective bargaining. A collective agreement signed between regional plantation companies (RPCs) and trade unions is under threat after the government raised the daily wage of plantation workers to 1,000 rupees. However, the CCP blamed the president for making an arbitrary decision that jeopardized a collective agreement signed last year. For the past two years, the unions had demanded a daily base salary of Rs.

Subsequently, 1,000 people accepted the CSPs` final offer and signed a revised collective agreement last year. 28 July, 2016IndustriALL Association of Members of the IndeustriALL Free Trade Zone and General Services Employees Union have signed an important collective agreement with Trelleborg Wheel Systems Lanka. Sri Lanka`s free trade zones are one of the most difficult regions in the world for trade union activities and workers` organization. But despite the anti-union and unfair labour practices of employers, the IndustriALL member organisation Free Trade Zone and General Services Employees Union (FTZ & GSEU) has won a successful collective agreement with Trelleborg Wheel Systems, the Sri Lankan subsidiary of a Multinational Swedish manufacturer of tyres for agricultural and industrial machinery. The agreement, which includes about 140 employees of the factory, stipulates that the employer respects the right of every worker to become a member of the union and prevents discrimination against workers on the basis of union work. The employer also agreed to create material and organizational conditions for trade union activity, including the organization of union meetings at the factory site and the exemption for union officials to participate in union activities in the event of notice. . . .

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