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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

Establishment of the National Institute of Labour Studies

2. Establishment of the National Institute of Labour Studies.

3. Objects of the Institute.

4. Powers of the Institute.

5. Administration of the Institute to be vested in the Board.

6. Constitution of the Board.

7. Duties of the Board.

8. Power of the Minister to give special or general directions to the Board.

9. Term of office.

10. Meetings of the Board.

11. Delegation of powers and duties of the Board.

12. Proceedings of the Board not to be invalid by reason of any vacancy or defect in the appointment of member.

13. Seal of the Board.

Staff of the institute

14. Staff of the Institute.

15. Appointment of the Director-General.

16. Establishment of Technical Committees.

17. Establishment of a Division of Studies for Trade Unions.

18. Rules.

19. Service to the institute deemed to be a service to the Government for the purposes of certain contracts.

20. Appointment of public officers to the staff of the Institute.


21. Fund of the Institute.

22. Financial year of the Institute.

23. Audit of Accounts.

General Provisions

24. Regulations.

25. Expenses incurred by any person to be paid by the Institute.

26. The Institute deemed to be a scheduled Institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

27. Officers and servants of the Institute deemed to be public servants.

28. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

29. Interpretation.

12 of 2010.

AN ACT to establish a National Institute of Labour Studies; to establish a board of governors for the administration of the Institute; to establish Technical Committees and a Division of Studies for Trade Unions; to conduct research, carry out surveys and provide training for the promotion of Labour studies in Sri Lanka; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 6th October, 2010]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Institute of Labour Studies Act.

Establishment of the National Institute of Labour Studies

2. Establishment of the National Institute of Labour Studies.

(1) There shall be established, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, an Institute which shall be called the National Institute of Labour Studies (hereinafter referred to as the "Institute”).

(2) The Institute shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection (1), be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

3. Objects of the Institute.

The objects of the Institute shall be—

(a) to implement workers education programmes with the collaboration of local or foreign institutes, to take measures to ensure welfare of workers in order to make them active partners in the development process;

(b) to conduct seminars, workshops, conferences and meetings on labour studies and publish magazines, journals, periodicals and books in relation thereto;

(c) to undertake research, carry out surveys and provide courses of studies relating to labour studies;

(d) to establish and maintain libraries and information services;

(e) to work in close collaboration with institutions, organisations, associations and societies both national and foreign, with similar objectives;

(f) to conduct courses including Diploma Courses on Labour Studies with the assistance of Universities and similar institutions and award certificates and diplomas where so required; and

(g) to engage in and promote activities aimed at maintaining industrial harmony.

4. Powers of the Institute.

The Institute shall have such powers as may be necessary for the discharge of its objects and functions and in particular shall have the power to do all or any of the following—

(a) acquire, hold, take or give on lease or hire, mortgage, pledge and sell or otherwise dispose of, any movable or immovable property;

(b) to open and maintain current, savings or deposit accounts in any bank or banks;

(c) to accept grants or donations from persons or bodies of persons, whether in or outside Sri Lanka;

(d) to enter into or perform, all such contracts as may be necessary for the exercise of its powers or the discharge of its functions;

(e) to invest any money belonging to the Institute including any unapplied income, in any security or to invest any such money in the purchase of immovable property in Sri Lanka or vary such investments, or to place in fixed deposits in any bank; any portion of such money as are not required for immediate expenditure;

(f) to borrow such sums of money as may be necessary for the purpose of discharging its functions;

(g) to enter into agreements with other institutions, whether in Sri Lanka or abroad, having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Institute for the exchange and training of personnel, research and advisory services; and generally, for such purposes as may be in furtherance of their common objectives;

(h) to appoint, employ, remunerate and exercise disciplinary control over and dismiss such officers and servants as are necessary for the discharge of the functions of the Institute under this Act;

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