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Name: Indian Immigrant Labour Ordinance (No. 1 of 1923).
Country: Sri Lanka
Subject(s): Migrant workers
Type of legislation: Regulation, Decree, Ordinance
Adopted on: 1923-04-11
Entry into force:
ISN: LKA-1923-R-37389
Bibliography: Labour Code of Sri Lanka, 2004, Labour Legislation (in force on 31 December 2002), Ministry of Employment and Labour, Colombo, Sri Lanka, pp. 547-552
Labour Code of Sri Lanka - Consolidated and Updated to 31st December 2009, 2010, Ministry of Labour Relations and Productivity Promotion, Sri Lanka, pp. 604-623
Department of Labour Department of Labour, Sri Lanka PDF [consolidated text up to 2009] PDF [consolidated text up to 2009] (consulted on 2011-02-28)
Abstract/Citation: This Act sets up a Department of Indian Immigrant Labour headed by a Commissioner of Labour charged with, inter alia, the obligation to supervise the recruitment, immigration, conditions of work and repatriation of Indian immigrants (defined to include dependants). Provides for the appointment of an Emigration Commissioner specifically charged with the supervision and control of the recruitment of Indian labour. Recruitment of Indian labourers is subjected to a licensing requirement. Licences are granted at the discretion of the Emigration Commissioner. Authorizes the Government of India to appoint an agent for the purpose of safe-guarding the interests of Indian immigrant labourers in Sri Lanka. Establishes an Immigration Fund to finance the recruitment and the introduction of Indian immigrant labourers in Sri Lanka and regulates how it is to be financed and used. In case of termination of employment on grounds of health, unsuitability for the work in question or unjust treatment by the employer, the labourer (and his dependants) shall be repatriated free of cost. The duration of employment contracts for Indian immigrant labourers are limited to one month.
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