Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Labour and Labour Relations said Sri Lanka prepared a comprehensive National Human Resource and Employment Policy and its Work plan after discussions with all relevant stakeholders including trade unions and employer representatives.
Minister Lokuge made this observation at the Plenary of the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) on 4th June 2014.
This year at the ILC we do have a discussion on facilitating transitions from informal to formal economy as a standard setting item as well. Most of the developing countries have large informal economies. In Sri Lanka it is about more than 60%. The workers in the informal economy suffer without decent work. Therefore, measures need to be taken in order to protect their rights of employment, the Minister further said.
The Minister noted that youth employment was one of the main areas that was discussed at the Youth Conference hosted by Sri Lanka, last month in Colombo. He said in future, number of activities is to be carried out as a result of the conference and requested ILC to extend their support also to implement the initiatives with regard to youth employment in Sri Lanka.