Precarious Employment Practices in Sri Lanka and Protecting Labour Rights

01 – 02 February 2018
Colombo

As of 2013, out of the total wage employees, 56% were in precarious employment – ie: temporary/casual workers or workers without a permanent employer, noted IPS Research Economist, Priyanka Jayawardena recently.

She made this revelation during a presentation titled ‘Precarious Employment Practices in Sri Lanka and Protecting Labour Rights’ at the Conference on Addressing Labour’s Precariousness in Sri Lanka and Beyond, organized by the International Centre For Ethnic Studies (ICES), on 01 – 02 February 2018.

Presenting findings from her research study, she further noted that private sector has expanded more for temporary and casual jobs in the recent past, which has created demand shortages for permanent job opportunities in Sri Lanka’s labour market.

According to Ms. Jayawardena, less educated, unskilled workers, and new labour market entrants were more likely to be engaged in precarious employment.

Precarious employment affects the workers in terms of job security, limited employment based social security coverage, and lower wages, she highlighted.