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June 13 (LBO) – Sri Lankan employers are to work with trade unions to build dialogue in key areas like health, education and power, under a European Union funded project.

The 12 month project will work with three government sector departments and four private sector agencies on tools for negotiation, social dialogue and governance, a statement from the Employers Federation said Tuesday.

In Sri Lanka, trade union disputes have led to a shut down of key functions like medical services, the railways, blackouts in the power sector and even factory shutdowns.

Issues discussed in the project will include cost of living, transport, public services, health, public utilities, legislation and other regulations.

The unions which have been consulted so far have all agreed that dialogue mechanisms could make a difference for resolving internal conflict amicably as well as exchange information pro-actively so that disputes due to inadequacy of information or lack of understanding would be eradicated, the statement said.

The project will operate through workshops, training, a database of information, on employment issues and provision of manuals.

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