SGRA Project in Sri Lanka (January)

Group photo at the Life Support Seminar

JILAF visited Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo and Avissawella on the outskirts of Colombo from January 9 (Wednesday) to 14 (Monday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF is implementing with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). During the visit, the third meeting of the Dissemination Promotion Committee was held in Colombo, and a Life Support Seminar took place in Avissawella.

At the third meeting of the Dissemination Promotion Committee on January 11, the participants looked back on the fiscal 2018 pilot project and discussed their image of project policy from now on. As main achievements, the meeting heard reports on (1) the establishment of a project promotion setup in Sri Lanka, a country where social dialogue is difficult, bringing together the government, labour, management, and the International Labour Organization (ILO) and related efforts; (2) the new organization of 34 informal-sector workers (livestock farmers, etc.) in mountainous Nuwara Eliya through a Life Support Seminar; (3) the new organization of 20 informal-sector workers (tuk-tuk drivers [drivers of three-wheeled motorbike taxis], street vendors, domestic workers, etc.) through a Life Support Seminar in the metropolitan region (Avissawella on the outskirts of Colombo); and (4) the holding of a Training of Trainers seminar, which gave participating members of the Dissemination Promotion Committee and Nuwara Eliya Dissemination Working Committee an understanding of the project and sense of ownership, as well as the sharing of experiences with SGRA-related persons from Thailand and Bangladesh.

In addition, as future policy, it was confirmed that the participants wanted to continue the project on the outskirts of Colombo and in the mountainous district of Nuwara Eliya.

On the following day, January 12, a Life Support Seminar was held in Avissawella on the outskirts of Colombo. Representatives from the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) gave lectures on labour and social security legislation that is applicable to informal-sector workers and know-how for improving household finances. The participants were able to gain useful information for the improvement of their livelihoods.

Schedule

DateContents
01/09Wed3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting
01/10ThuLife Support Seminar (Avissawella)

Photos of the Participants

Scene of the 3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Participants in the 3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Scene of the LSS opening ceremony

LSS lecture on labour legislation

Group work at the LSS toward the improvement of household finances

Presentation of an action plan at the LSS toward the improvement of household finances