Volume V
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Construction.

3. Work other than time work.

4. Child labour.

5. Appointment of Estate Wages Board.

6. Extent of jurisdiction of Estate Wages Board.

7. Expenses of members.

8. Estate Wages Board to fix minimum rates of wages.

9. Powers of the Board of Indian Immigrant Labour over minimum rates.

10. Approval of rates by Minister and publication in Gazette.

11. Liability to issue monthly allowance of rice.

12. Penalty for failure to pay minimum rates.

13. Inspection of Records.

14. Sanction of Commissioner to prosecutions.

15. Meaning of "Commissioner” in sections 13 and 14.

16. General penalty.

17. Translations in Tamil of certain Ordinances to be exhibited on estate.

18. Interpretation.

27 of 1927,

34 of 1935,

22 of 1945,

22 of 1955,

25 of 2000.

AN ORDINANCE to amend the law relating to Indian labourers.

[Date of Commencement: 9th December, 1927]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Minimum Wages (Indian Labour) Ordinance.

2. Construction.

This Ordinance shall be read and construed as one with the Service Contracts Ordinance, the Estate Labour (Indian) Ordinance, and the Indian Immigrant Labour Ordinance.

3. Work other than time work.

(1) Where a labourer is employed at work other than time-work for a day or a successive number of days within any calendar month, the wages payable to him for that day or successive number of days, shall not be less than the wages payable to such labourer for such period at the minimum rates of wages prescribed under this Ordinance.

(2) In the case of a labourer paid by the day, any period of work performed by such person exceeding nine hours per day (including time not exceeding one hour taken for the mid day meal) shall be paid for at overtime rates, and shall be in addition to the minimum rates of wages payable to the labourer for a day's work. Such overtime rates shall not be less per hour than one-eighth of the minimum rates of wages fixed under this Ordinance.

4. Child labour.

No employer shall knowingly employ for work on estates any child below the age of fourteen years, or knowingly permit such child to be employed.

[S 4 am by s 2 of Act 25 of 2000.]

5. Appointment of Estate Wages Board.

(1) It shall be lawful for the Minister by notification in the Gazette to appoint for any administrative district an Estate Wages Board composed of five members, none of whom shall be members of the Board of Indian Immigrant Labour.

(2) The said Board shall be composed of a Chairman (who shall be a public officer nominated by the Minister) and four other members, of whom two shall be employers of Indian labourers working on estates, the remaining two being selected to represent the labourers.

(3) Such members shall hold office for a period not exceeding three years, and any member leaving Sri Lanka for a period exceeding six months or being absent from three consecutive meetings of an Estate Wages Board shall ipso facto cease to be a member. Any member may resign by notice in writing given to the Commissioner of Labour.

(4) Any member ceasing to be a member in the manner aforesaid shall be eligible for re appointment.

(5) Any vacancy created by death or incapacity to act or in the manner indicated in subsection (3) of this section may be filled by the Minister, and such member shall hold office until the expiration of the three years in question.

(6) At a meeting of the Estate Wages Board three members shall form a quorum and the Chairman shall be entitled to vote and in case of equality of votes shall have a second or casting vote.

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