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The Central Library is located in the ground floor of the southern wing of the Labour Secretariat. It is opened from 8.30 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. daily on working days. In 1968 it was upgraded as a specialized research library. Now it has become a Supra Grade Library in the field of Labour studies.
In addition to the Central Library, 35 small libraries have been established at District Labour Officers, under the Shramabimani Project. These District Labour Office Libraries are maintained under the Central Library.

Scope of the collection
The library's collection of books and periodicals cover the fields of Industrial Relations, Labour Legislations, Labour Economics, Social Dialogue, Women and Children Affairs, Workers Education, Working Conditions, Gender Education and Social Welfare. The Library is possessed with a collection of ILO publications, ILO Regional Office publications and many other relevant foreign publications related to Labour matters.
The reference collections consist of Dictionaries, Directories, Labour Laws, complete sets of Acts, Sessional papers, New Law Reports, Sri Lanka Law Reports, Labour Gazettes and ILO collections.

Lending (for staff only)/ Reference/ Inter library loans/ Mini library services/ Current awareness services/ Photocopying services/ Literature searches on requests/ Referral services.

Affiliated Networks
SAARC Information Network / SLSTINET / ILIS / EBank.Network

Information Retrieval Facilities
Manual catalogue/ Computer base retrieval system Library operations and services have been computerized using CDS/ISIS, WINISIS and PURNA software packages.


  • SLDL Database - current publications incorporating the local, foreign and ILO publications received by the Library.
  • DLCA Database - An Index of Collective Agreements from 1953 up to date.
  • CASES Database - An Index of Labour Cases in Sri Lanka published in the SLLR

The Departmental Library is used by the members of the permanent staff coming under the Ministry of Labour and Labour Relations.

Contact us
Librarian - Tel. No. 011-2508974
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Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 06:44
Finance Division

Main task of the finance division of the department of labour is the spending of all financial allocations for re current & capital expenditure of the department, which have been allocated by the budget, in accordance with financial regulations, and maintenance of accounts related to expenditure and to send financial statements to the treasury.

Contact Details

Designation Telephone Number
Commissioner of Labour (finance) (+94)11 2581393
Assistant commissioner of labour (+94)11 2369910
Assistant commissioner of labour (+94)11 2581415


Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 07:21

Administration Division


Administration division handles all the general administration tasks related to the Department of Labour. All the daily tasks needed for the efficient performance of various divisions under the Department of Labour, Zonal Labour offices, District Labour offices, Sub Labour offices and District Factory Engineering offices are under the purview of the administration division.

Main Functions

  • Acquisition of land for the Department of Labour, construction of buildings and maintenance, payment of rentals for lands and buildings.
  • Settlement of bills for contractual services and maintenance
  • Assigning vehicles owned by the Department of Labour, maintenance and the tasks related to transport facilities
  • Taking necessary actions for the complaint received under ‘Tell the president’ programme
  • Responding to the information requests received under the Right to Information Act
  • Forwarding the insurance complaints and claim applications received under Agrahara Insurance Scheme
  • Issuing departmental identity cards
  • Approving fortnight programmes, travelling expenses and holiday payments of staff officers, and forwarding extra overtime requests to the secretary to the ministry for approval
  • Forwarding the letters received from the post to each division and forwarding the letters received from each division to the postal department
  • General administration of the external security and cleaning services
  • General administration of the press owned by the Department of Labour located at Jawaththa premises
  • Organizing special programmes conducted by the Department of Labour

Contact details

Additional Commissioner General of Labour (Administration)

011 - 2581970

Commissioner of Labour (Admin)

011 – 2368253

Deputy Commissioner of Labour (Admin)

011 - 2368063

Assistant Commissioner of Labour (Admin)

011 - 2582709

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 04:16

Labour Statistics Division

The Statistics Division of the Department of Labour is continued with its task of collecting statistics pertaining to the field of Labour of the organized sector of the country.

Main Activities of the Statistics Division

The Statistics Division of the Department of Labour is responsible for collecting, analyzing and compiling of statistical data pertaining to employment, wages, hours of work ect. and also this division attends to tabulation of various Administrative Records as well as computation of Wage Rate Indices. These data are collected by conducting two major surveys annually and bi-annually.

(1)Surveys conducting by this Division

  • Annual Employment Survey Sri Lanka
  • The Survey on Hours of Actually Worked & Average Earnings

(2)Other Important Activities

  • Computation of Index Numbers for main Sectors of the Economy
  • Computation of Minimum Wage Rate Indices based monthly minimum wages fixed by the Commissioner General of Labour under the Wages Boards Ordinance
  • Preparing Statistical Annual Reports & Publications
  • Annual Employment Survey Report
  • Hours of Actually Worked & Average Earnings Report
  • Labour Statistics of Sri Lanka
  • Data release regularly to ,
  • Department of Census and Statistics
  • Central Bank of Sri Lanka

(3)Other Duties

  • To assist the Ministry and the Department for conducting Surveys, compilation and dissemination of Labour Statistics
  • Maintenance of new registration information of Establishments, which are ready to contribute EPF covering all Assistant Labour Commissioner divisions of the country.

Service to Public

Statistical information related to Labour may be provided by making a request.

Contact Details

Deputy Director :(+94)112676114

Fax :(+94)112676114

Statistician :(+94)112676113

Statistical Officers :(+94)112676112

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:57

Planning Research Training and Publication Division

The Mission

The mission of the Planning Research Training and Publication (PRT) is to build skilled officers to enhance productivity of the department, prepare plans to establish industrial peace and assist in making policies, data collection and conducting researches, formulation of annual plans, midterm and long term plans.

PRT division prepares action plans in order to provide a systematic guideline for the activities of department and follows up the quarterly progress of above activities which enable the various divisions of the department. Inspects monthly diaries of labour officers to check the quality of labour inspections throughout the country and provides guidelines to correct problems.


Division coordinates all training activities of the department. Mainly involved with the followings.

  • In service training programs of the apprentice offices attached to the department
  • Trainings related to labour inspections
  • Trainings on cases related to labour
  • Trainings for management assistants
  • Trainings for departmental engineers
  • Trainings for drivers and minor staff
  • Sending officers to training programmes held at SLIDA and other external institutes
  • Computer trainings for all the officers of the department. (The division comprises of a computer laboratory with 25 computers)


The following Acts and ordinances are published for the department by PRT Division

  • The Industrial Disputes Act No.43 Of 1950
  • The Employees Provident Fund Act No.15 Of 1958
  • The Shop and Office Act No.19 Of 1954
  • Wages Board Ordinance No.27 Of 1941
  • Maternity Benefits Ordinance No.32 Of 1939
  • Payment of Gratuity Act No.12 Of 1983
  • Factories Ordinance No.45 Of 1942
  • Termination of Employment Act No.45 Of 1971

The Division conducting a computerized programme called LISA which is implemented and funded by International Labour Organization to strengthen the labour inspections by using new technology for effective and accurate output

The Division possesses the 'Seethawaka human resource development and training centre' which equipped with training facilities, ideal for seminars, conferences and corporate events.

Contact Details

Commissioner – PRT

06th floor, Department of Labour,

Colombo 05

General: +94112582647

LISA Unit: +94112582954

Fax: +94112504208

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 02:37
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