Industrial Disputes (Amendment)

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Published: 1999

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Industrial Disputes (Amendment)
Industrial Disputes (Amendment)


BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows :-

[31st December

, 1999 ]

Short title.

1. This Act may be cited as the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Act, No. 56 of 1999.

Insertion of new Part VA in Chapter 131

2. The following new Part is hereby inserted immediately after Part V of the Industrial Disputes Act (hereinafter referred to as the "principal enactment") and shall have effect as Part VA of that Act :-
"Part VA

Prohibition of unfair labour practices by employers.

32A. No employer shall-

(a) require a workman to join, or refrain from joining, any trade union, or to withdraw from, or to refrain from withdrawing from, his membership of a trade union of which he is a member, as a condition of his employment;

(b) dismiss a workman by reason only of his membership of a trade union or of his engaging in trade union activities ;

(c) give any inducement or promise to a workman for the purpose of preventing him from becoming, or continuing to be, a member, office bearer or representative of a trade union ;

(d) prevent a workman from

(i) forming a trade union ; or

(ii) supporting a trade union by financial or other means ;

(e) interfere with the conduct of the activities of a trade union ;

(f) dismiss, or otherwise take disciplinary action against, any workman or office-hearer of a trade union

(i) for any statement made by such workman or office-bearer in good faith before any tribunal or person in authority ; or

(ii) for any statement regarding acts or omissions of the employer relating to the terms and conditions of employment, of the members of such trade union made by such workman or office bearer, in pursuance of an industrial dispute for the purpose of securing redress or amelioration of working conditions of such members ;

(g) refuse to bargain with a trade union which has in its membership not less than forty per centum of the workmen on whose behalf such trade union seeks to bargain.

For the purpose of this paragraph the Commissioner of Labour or an officer authorized by him in that behalf may conduct a poll at any work place in order to ascertain whether at least forty per centum of the workmen on whose behalf the trade union seeks to bargain with the employer, are members of such trade union.".

Amendment of section 40 of the principal enactment .

3. Section 40 of the principal enactment is hereby amended in subsection (1) of that section, by the insertion immediately after paragraph (s) of that subsection of the following new paragraph :-

"(ss) being an employer, contravenes the provisions of section 32A ;".

Amendment of section 43 of the principal enactment.

4. Section 43 of the principal enactment is hereby amended as follows :-

(1) in subsection (1) of that section, by the substitution, for the words "commits any offence under this Act shall", of the words "commits any offence under this Act, other than an offence under section (40) (1) (ss), shall" ; and

(2) by the insertion, immediately after subsection (1) of that section, of the following subsection :-

"(1A) Every person who commits an offence under section 40 (1) (ss) shall be liable on conviction after summary trial before a Magistrate to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand rupees.".

Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

5. In the event of any inconsistency between the Sinhala and Tamil texts of this Act, the Sinhala text shall prevail.