Dispute Resolution

Feb 29, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s state sector should have alternative ways to solve problems without striking and hurting the public who are paying their salaries, a minister said at the launch of a new dispute resolution process. The private sector in Sri Lanka already have dispute resolution mechanisms through social dialogue, arbitration and if needed, a settlement through court.

But, state sector institutions are quick to resort to strikes and some are departments that directly inconvenience the public such as the doctors and transport workers, labour minister Athauda Seneviratne said.

“The public servants carry a bigger responsibility and we are sustained through public money, got educated and got employed thanks to public money.

“What is the point in making the public so much inconvenienced and what is our duty and responsibility towards them,” Seneviratne said.

Sri Lanka’s doctors strike despite being given the right to a lucrative private practice.

Kinder Alternative

The recommendation for a dispute resolution system which has been on the back burner from 1994 will enable trade unions to negotiate, arbitrate and settle disputes through social dialogue, officials said.

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