Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Cabinet nod to ban 20 new occupation­s including domestic services for minors


The Cabinet nod has been granted to add twenty new occupation­s including domestic services and jobs related to beauty culture to the list of hazardous jobs for minors (16-18 years) and to present the draft regulation­s to Parliament.

Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva on Monday sought the approval of Cabinet of Ministers for the draft regulation­s expanding the list of hazardous jobs to 71 under the Women, Young Persons and Children Employment Act (EWYPCA), and consequent­ly to submit the draft regulation­s to Parliament for approval and to publish the amended orders in the Government Gazette.

Following a high profile case involving the death of a domestic worker at a residence of a former Minister, the Labour Ministry expedited the legal process to strengthen measures taken to protect minors employed in unsafe working environmen­ts.

Accordingl­y, employment­s including domestic service, beauty culture and jobs related to computers and electronic­s would be added to the list of hazardous jobs for minors following the approval of the Parliament.

Under the Act, it’s illegal to employ minors in jobs specified in the list of hazardous jobs, and employing them in such jobs has been declared a punishable offense by law.

The EWYPCA regulates the work, working hours and conditions of children and young persons. It determines a list of hazardous forms of child labour, to protect children above the minimum age of employment, in fulfilling the State obligation under Article 3 (d) of ILO Convention 182, ratified in March 2001, through the regulation­s issued in 2010 under the Act. However, since 2010, the list has not been updated. In January this year, the government raised the minimum age of employment of minors to 16 years of age.

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