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Sri Lanka: unions fight for peace and democracy

11 May, 2022IndustriALL Global Union is calling on the Sri Lankan government to implement the proposals made by trade unions as possible solutions to the current crisis. IndustriALL stands in solidarity with its affiliates in their fight to restore peace and democracy, amidst a major political and economic crisis in the country.

Unions demand wage increase amidst Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

29 March, 2022Heavily dependent on tourism, Sri Lanka’s economic situation worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prices of essential commodities like fuel, medicines, milk and wheat, as well as public transport fares, have shot up and unions are calling for wage increases for workers to survive.

Sri Lankan unions launch campaign for minimum wage rise

1 March, 2022Twelve unions across Sri Lanka have launched a joint campaign to demand a rise of 10,000 rupees (US $49) in the monthly minimum wage of private sector employees, and to oppose the government’s decision to exclude private sector employees from a scheme that grants a monthly allowance of 5,000 rupees (US $25) to public sector employees and pensioners.

Unions in Sri Lanka sign landmark agreement in global apparel supply chain

11 January, 2022Three of IndustriALL’s affiliates in Sri Lanka, The Free Trade Zone & General Services Employees Union, Sri Lanka Nidahas Sewaka Sangamaya, and the National Union of Metal and Migrant workers in Sri Lanka, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to advance workers’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, together with the National Union of Seafarers and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF).

IndustriALL Global Union is looking for a regional research, communications and campaigns officer in its South Asia Office

16 November, 2021IndustriALL is looking for a full-time regional research, communications and campaigns officer based in New Delhi, India, one of the five regional offices. The regional office in Delhi covers India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The position will require some travel in the countries covered by the office.

Unions in South Asia to intensify campaign for ratification C190

7 October, 2021Around 80 trade union leaders from South Asia attended a webinar to discuss gender based violence and harassment and to plan for a joint campaign.

Need for youth policy, say young unionists

18 August, 2021In August, national youth forums were held online for IndustriALL affiliates in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively. Participants called for youth policies in their unions, stressing the inclusion of women.

Ansell, IndustriALL and FTZGSEU settle Sri Lanka labour issues

9 June, 2021The parties agree to the following joint public statement, and to make no other comment on what has been an eight-year priority case for IndustriALL and its affiliates, including a wide range of actions, with reinstatements and a final financial settlement for workers.

Alarming attacks on labour laws during Covid-19 in South Asia

18 December, 2020Across South Asian countries labour laws are facing increased attacks undermining workers’ rights including freedom of association and collective bargaining. IndustriALL South Asia affiliates call for building national and international solidarity to protect workers’ rights.

Health and safety a major concern for South Asia chemical and pharmaceutical unions

10 December, 2020Increasing industrial accidents, health and safety risks, lack of relevant information, precarious work, digitalisation in production and building union networks were some of the key issues discussed at the South Asia chemical and pharmaceutical unions meeting on 27 November.