Sri Lanka

The Solidarity Center works with a range of Sri Lankan trade unions and community organizations, assisting workers in the garment, tea and informal sectors to secure a collective voice through unions and improve wages, workplace safety and health, and other fundamental rights on the job, as well as advocate for greater worker voice in the democratic process and society more broadly.

Together with local partners, Solidarity Center conducts training around addressing and preventing sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence at work. And, as hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans are being driven from their homes by the economic crisis and lack of decent work, seeking opportunities overseas, the Solidarity Center, unions and migrant rights advocates foster coalition building and champion legislative measures designed to inform and protect workers who leave the country for jobs.

Media Contact

Kate Conradt
Communications Director
(+1) 202-974 -8369


Sri Lankan Health Workers Protest Decree that Outlaws Strikes

Health professionals in Sri Lanka took to the streets of Colombo this week to protest a recent presidential decree that public health and electricity provision are essential services, effectively banning all workers in those sectors from striking. The Federation of...

Sri Lanka Unions Step Up Push for Ratification of Gender Violence at Work Treaty

Unions in Sri Lanka are urging the government to follow through with its promise to ratify a global treaty to end gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work by March 2022. The Sri Lanka Trade Union Movement for the Ratification of ILO C190 in Sri Lanka,...

Sri Lanka Garments: First Collective Agreement in Free Trade Zone

The Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZ & GSEU) has become the first union to successfully bargain a collective agreement with a factory in Sri Lanka’s largest free trade zone. The collective agreement was signed between the union and the...


On this year’s July 30 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, a coalition of rights organizations including the Solidarity Center are highlighting widespread wage theft perpetrated against Southeast Asia’s migrant workers. Although this form of labor exploitation...

Union Women Rock 16 Days of Activism Against GBVH

Union Women Rock 16 Days of Activism Against GBVH

During the recent 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, workers and their unions from Honduras to Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nigeria and Bangladesh made big gains raising awareness about gender-based violence and harassment at work (GBVH) and demanding that...

Gender-Based Violence at Work Video in Sinhala and Tamil

Gender-Based Violence at Work Video in Sinhala and Tamil

Solidarity Center’s video on gender-based violence at work is now available in Sinhala and Tamil. The two-minute video explains the forms of gender-based violence at work, which include bullying, verbal abuse and stalking, systemic gendered imbalance between employers...

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