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ILO launches translated site to improve awareness of labour law

ILO translates labour law
ILO translates labour law
The International Labour
Organisation (ILO) announced the addition of full Sinhala and Tamil
translations of Sri Lanka’s labour laws to the website in an effort
to improve awareness of workers’ and employers’ rights and duties.
The website, which is an
initiative of the WageIndicator Foundation, hosts detailed, easy-to-understand
and well referenced information about Sri Lanka’s labour laws while also
providing career advice and comparative analysis of salaries on a sectoral
Prior to this new initiative
from the ILO, national labour laws were only available in the English language,
notably on the Department of Labour website. 
However given Sri Lanka’s continuously expanding internet penetration,
particularly as a result of its high percentage of mobile internet users, the
additions to the website are expected to dramatically improve
accessibility and awareness of labour laws explained in a user friendly manner
not only for island’s eight million strong labour force but also for employers
and Government officials. 

At present it is estimated that
approximately 76% of the Sri Lankan population speak only the Sinhala language
at home while 17.9% speak only Tamil and just 0.2% speak only English.
Currently the website
receives approximately 15,000 visitors per month, however with its newly
updated functionality and accessibility, it is anticipated that the site could
draw as many as 50,000 visitors per month in the coming year.  
The website itself is managed
and run by the WageIndicator Foundation, which provided the original English
content for the website. The ILO provided the technical and financial expertise
and resources necessary to translate content into the Sinhala and Tamil
Additionally, considering the
high proportion of Sri Lankans utilising mobile phones as their primary gateway
to the internet, the site has been mobile optimised to provide the
greatest utility to the widest group of users. 
The initiative was first
conceptualised when ILO analysis of the Sri Lankan labour force revealed that
young workers tended to be less aware about basic and practical aspects of
labour law despite having a persistently high rate of IT literacy.
The International Labour
Organisation is a United Nations agency that is focused on promoting
opportunities for men and women to obtain decent and productive work in
conditions of freedom, equality security and human dignity.

The WageIndicator Foundation was
launched in 2001 to contribute to a more transparent labour market for workers
and employers by providing free access to information about wages, labour laws
and careers collected and compared through online and offline surveys and
research. It has a yearly outreach of over 32 million people across 80
countries worldwide. 

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