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With local partners, the Solidarity Center conducts training on addressing and preventing sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence at work. Credit: Solidarity Center/Mohamed Fizer

 

The Solidarity Center works with a range of Sri Lankan trade unions and community organizations, assisting workers in light manufacturing, on tea plantations and other sectors to secure a collective voice through unions and improve wages, workplace safety and health, and other fundamental rights on the job.

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 millions of Sri Lankans are being driven from their homes and families to seek economic opportunities overseas, Solidarity Center and human rights advocates champion legislative measures designed to inform and protect workers who leave the country for jobs.

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Workers in Post-Civil War Jaffna

Although Sri Lanka's labor code sets the minimum wage, the maximum number of work hours per day and work days per week, and establishes rules around overtime and benefits, many employers in Jaffna, the country’s northern province, are flaunting the statutes. The vast...

Labor Movement Responses to International Labor Migration in Sri Lanka

This report looks at the political and economic context within which Sri Lankan unions have attempted to respond to migrant workers, unions' role in the key governance and policy mechanisms that pertain to labor migration, and the way the Sri Lankan labor movement...

SRI LANKA: Migrants Gain Voice and Protections (2013)

The Migrant Services Center, a Solidarity Center partner, is assisting migrant workers and their families in Sri Lanka while championing structural change through legislative and governmental processes, and offers a model for other labor and worker rights...
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...

Sri Lanka: Solidarity Center Condemns Despicable Bombings

Sri Lanka: Solidarity Center Condemns Despicable Bombings

The Solidarity Center is sickened and saddened by the senseless bombings that killed and injured hundreds of people Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The organization, which works throughout the country and the world with workers across ethnic and religious lines, deplores...

Sri Lanka Workers Win Policy on Gender-Based Violence

Sri Lanka Workers Win Policy on Gender-Based Violence

Union members in Colombo, Sri Lanka, successfully lobbied for a safer workplace by convincing their company to improve policy guidelines to help prevent gender-based violations in the workplace. The effort was inspired by a Solidarity Center awareness-raising training...

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