Forced Labour

Prohibition on Forced and Compulsory Labour

Forced or compulsory labour is prohibited in the Constitution. The Penal Code also prohibits forced or compulsory labour and considers it a punishable offense.

A person who contravenes the provisions of this section commits an offence and shall, on conviction be liable to imprisonment of not more than 20 years or a fine. However, if a child is involved in forced labour, the perpetrator is liable to either imprisonment of a term not exceeding 30 years and a fine.

Source: §11 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka 1978; §358 of the Penal Code, 1885

Freedom to Change Jobs and Right to Quit

Workers have the right to change jobs after serving due notice on their employer. For more information on this, please refer to the section on employment security.

Source: §31 of the Industrial Dispute Act, 1950

Inhuman Working Conditions

Working time may be extended beyond normal working hours of forty five hours per week and eight hours a day. The Factories Ordinance states that the normal working hours must not exceed 09 hours per day, inclusive of intervals allowed for meals and rest.
For more information on this, please refer to the section on compensation.

Source: Regulation 6 & 7 of The Shop and Office Employees Act of 1954

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