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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

U.S. Donates $1.4 million to Support Labor Rights in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 06 April, (

United States Ambassador Michele J. Sison announced a $1.4 million grant on April 5 to launch a labor rights system in Sri Lanka. Partnering with the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Labor and Labor Relations, this grant will establish an Integrated Labor Administration System, which will automate and improve labor case management by linking the Sri Lankan Department of Labor and Labor Commissioner’s office to the regional labor inspectors.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Ambassador Sison said, “The U.S. government supports these efforts because it is clear that respecting the rights of workers leads to positive, long-term economic success.” Ambassador Sison added, “In the United States, we have a deep-seated belief that labor rights are human rights.”

The U.S. Department of Labor, through its Bureau of International Labor Affairs, provides grants around the world to ensure that all workers are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. In Sri Lanka, the labor inspection system is part of a larger project that aims to build stronger worker and employer organizations, review and amend labor laws to comply with international standards, improve the institutions and processes for better labor-management relations, and improve the ability of the government-employer-employee relationship to resolve and prevent labor disputes. The project is being implemented by the ILO, in partnership with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Labor and Labor Relations and Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

U.S. Ambassador Sison explains a U.S.-funded $1.4million labor rights project.
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