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ILO Colombo News: On the 7th of May 2015, the Ministry of Labour in collaboration with International Labour Organisation (ILO) launched the roll out of the Labour Inspection System Application (LISA) to all districts in Sri Lanka. The LISA system supports on-site inspection processes where authorized personnel can track and monitor the status of the inspections as and when they occur. The system supports improved collection and analysis of labour market and inspection data through enhanced monitoring of the quantity and quality of information that is being gathered by the labour officers.

Labour administration and inspection provides critical information in several domains for the government, employers and workers. For example, they are intermediaries in the prevention and settlement of labour disputes. They also provide critical information regarding labour market trends, and can offer effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of their stakeholders. Labour inspection is an essential part of the labour administration system, carrying out the function of labour law enforcement and ensuring effective compliance with the law that lends itself well to decent work standards entrenched in ILO’s core conventions, all eight of which have been ratified by the Government of Sri Lanka.

The system was developed with funding support from the United States Department of Labour (USDOL) and the technical support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) under its Project on Promoting Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in Sri Lanka.  “We at the ILO are proud to be involved in the training of labour officers in LISA, as we are confident that it would increase the efficiency in handling complaints and improve the responsiveness of the department to the needs of the workforce and private sector enterprises”, stated Mr. Donglin Li, ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Speaking from an employers’ perspective Mr. Yohan Lawrence representing the Joint Apparel Association Forum Sri Lanka (JAAFSL) stated “we feel this initiative is long overdue and there is a great need for such a system to be in place”.

Speaking at the event, the Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Mr. Herath Yapa stated “the e- governance policy of the government seeks to increase the efficiency, productivity and responsiveness of the public sector.  LISA will support the Ministry of Labour to reach this objective”. Mr. Yapa also showed his commitment to lead the implementation of LISA at a national level.

General Secretary of Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya, Mr. Leslie Devendra, and Mr. T. Rasseedin from the Ceylon Federation of Labour, stated that LISA is a giant step forward and trade unions should support this initiative as it increases the transparency of the work of the Labour Department.

Mr. Wimalaweera, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Labour, made the closing remarks on behalf of the Ministry of Labour.


From left to right:
Mr. Mr. W. Wimalaweera, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Labour, Mr. Herath Yapa, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Mr. Donglin Li, ILO country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives


For further information, please contact: Asitha Seneviratne, ILO Country Office for Sri Lanka and the Maldives: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Tel: + 94112592525 –

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