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Enforcement Division

The main function of this Division is handling legal matters pertaining to the Department of Labour. The officers of the division have to study the cases, including the violation of labour laws by employers, referred to the division by district Assistant Commissioner of Labour and heads of other divisions and attend to all matters regarding the filling of action in courts and also advised the district Assistant Commissioners on the action to be taken.

In cases where the division file actions, matters such as preparation of plaints/ charge sheets, affidavits, submission, counter submissions etc. are attended to by the division, in addition to appearing on behalf of the Commissioner General of Labour.

Coordination with Attorney Generals Department in the case of litigation in District Courts, High Courts, Commercial High Courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, assist the Attorney General while representing the Commissioner General of Labour.

In addition, the Enforcement Division write to the Attorney Generals Department regarding the legal opinions for legal matters of Department of Labour.

Providing Legal advices to the Department's Officers.

Duties relevant to the amendment of the Labour Legislation when necessary.

Contact Details

Designation Telephone Numbers
Commissioner of Labour (Enforcement) + 94 11 2104809
Deputy Commissioner of Labour (Enforcement) + 94 11 2104872
Assistant Commissioner (Enforcement) + 94 11 2104806
Legal Division + 94 11 2104875

Designation Telephone Numbers
Mr. A.P.G.K. Amarasinghe (Legal Officer) + 94 11 2104808
Mr. P. Vidanapathirana (Legal Officer) + 94 11 2104807
Miss. D.C.Yasanthi (Legal Officer) + 94 11 2104805
Miss. H.D.Disanayaka (Legal Officer) + 94 112104874
Mr. K.G. Kumarasinghe (Legal Officer) + 94 11 2104804
Mr. S.I.C. Ranasinghe (Legal Officer) + 94 11 2104803
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2022 06:53

Labour Standards Division

Brief Introduction about the Division

Labour standards division contributes to the overall function of the Department of Labour through formulating, granting legal status and supervising terms and conditions of service relating to establishment of formal jobs, job security and welfare of the employees in private sector.

Role of the Division

Implementation of 05 main acts.

  1. Wages boards ordinance No.27 of 1941
  2. Shop and office Employees Act No. 19 of 1954
  3. Budgetary relief allowance of workers Act No. 36 of 2005
  4. National minimum wagesof workersAct No. 03 of 2016
  5. Budgetary relief allowance of workers Act No. 04 of 2016

Following activities are carried out under the above mentioned acts

  • Implementation of tripartite wages boards, giving instructions on service conditions and making clarifications
  • Determination and legalization of wages, terms and conditions of service of the employees
  • Expansion the coverage of Wages Boards so as to cover the workers in informal sector
  • Having identified new fields of trades, establishment of new wages boards to cover the workers in those trades
  • Conducting awareness programs for employers and employees on Labour laws in order to improve Labour standards
  • Providing legal interpretations and necessary instructions
  • Inspecting legal validity of collective agreements and carrying out other activities related to it
  • Granting approval to implement five-day work week (Instructions – Annexure 1)
  • Granting approval for deductions from salary

Telephone numbers of the division

Commissioner of Labour: +94112368094

Assistant Commissioner of Labour: +941125808163

Secretary to Wages Boards: +94112582412

General: +94112369366

Fax: +94112368094


Details that should be contained in a request letter for five day work week.

  • Request letter should be produced in correct manner (Request should be as a request of the institution not as a request of workers) – original copy.
  • Signature sheet with full name of all the workers who have expresses the consent for five-day work week. (Original copy)
  • Work plan (The manner of covering Saturday within 05 day of the week)
  • The time period approval is needed
  • Original copies of the above documents should be produced photocopies should not be produced.
  • When making request for several of factories in one institution, all the relevant documents need to be produced separately for each factory.
  • When making request through Labour Offices, all the original documents should contain the recommendation of the head of the relevant office.
  • If the relevant trade does not manufacture apparels, details on the manufacturing process of that trade, worker categories and tasks performed by each of those worker categories should be produced.
Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 05:27
Employees’ Provident Fund Division


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:08
Trade Unions Branch

This Unit Is Established With The Purpose Of Perform the Duties and Functions assigned to the "Trade Union Registrar" Under the Trade Union Ordinance.

Activities of the Union

  • Registration of New Trade Unions.
  • Updating works related to the registered Trade Unions.
  • Dissolutions of Trade Unions.
  • Cancellations of Trade Unions.
  • Amalgamation of Trade Union.
  • Provision to data & Information related to the Trade Unions.

Service Provided to the Public

  • Provision of Instruction and guidance required for registration of New Trade Unions.
  • Provision of Instruction and guidance required while operating the Trade Union. As well as the registration of changes and Updating of the Trade Unions.
  • Provision of guidance making awareness among Officials and members of Trade Unions as per situations arise.
  • Provision of Data & Information's related to the Trade Unions as per request.

Application Forms related to the Division

Forms Application
1) "B" - (Labor - C.3 ) Application for registration of Trade Union
2) "G" - (Labor - C.35 ) Notice on the change of Name
3) "H" - (Labor - C.36 ) Notice of Amalgamation of Trade Union
4) "I" - (Labor - C.37 ) Notice of dissolution
5) "J" - (Labor - C.38 ) Notice of change of office
6) "K" - (Labor - C.39 ) Application for registration of New ruler and alteration of ruler
7) "L" - (Labor - C.40 ) Notice of the change of officers
8) "N" - (Labor - C.41 ) Annual reports

Contact Information

Assistant Commissioner of Labour - +94112369646

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 06:29

Industrial Relations Division


The functions carried out by the Division are maintenance of industrial peace through better employer-workmen relationships by resolving industrial disputes which might arise in future or those which have arisen or prevention of disputes between employer and workmen, personal benefits for employer and workmen and contribute in uplifting the national economy in general.

Laws entrusted:

  • Industrial Disputes Act, No:43 of 1950
  • Payment of Gratuity Act, No:12 of 1983

Mechanisms to settle industrial disputes:

  • Collective Agreements
  • Settlement by Conciliation
  • Arbitration
    • Voluntary Arbitration
    • Compulsory Arbitration
  • Industrial Court

Services rendered to the public:

  • Inquire into complaints on industrial disputes and settlement and if unable to settle forward for arbitration
  • Instructions to employers and workmen under the Industrial Dispute Act
  • Providing clarifications, instructions and decisions on the payment of gratuity
  • Publishing the Collective Agreements in the Gazette

Contact Details of the Industrial Relations Division:

Commissioner of Labour: 0112582608

Deputy Commissioner of Labour: 0112368966/ 0112368502

Assistant Commissioner of Labour: 0112368114/ 0112368035

Industrial Relations Division: 0112369484

Fax: 0112582608

Industrial Relations Division

7th Floor

Department of Labour

Labour Secretariat

Colombo 05

Last Updated on Friday, 08 June 2018 05:10
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