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‘Arbitration mechanism for solving employee disputes in State sector’

The Government has taken measures to introduce an arbitration mechanism for solving employee disputes in the State Sector, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Plantation Minister Dr.Ramesh Pathirana said.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing held online on Tuesday, Minister Pathirana said that Cabinet approval has been granted to the proposal furnished by the Minister of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government to appoint a Committee comprised of the Secretaries of the relevant Ministries and the representatives of the applicable trade unions in order to introduce a mechanism fortified with four forged aspects of discussion/dialogue, trial, mediation and arbitration that all parties can accept for prevention of disputes in the state sector and arbitrate them.

It is apparent that there are instances in which achieving the national development goals become disturbed to be achieved due to protest campaigns, picketing and strikes carried out by some government employees at present. Although there are provisions in the Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950 for minimizing the disputes and strikes in the private sector, the government sector possesses no such methodology.

The ‘Vistas of the Prosperity and Splendour’ policy document pointed out that a mechanism similar to that of the private sector to which adhered for solving employee disputes in the private sector at present would be introduced to the government sector as well.