The government is to revive the concept of workers’ councils in order to address workers’ issues, counter corruption and to increase productivity in the state sector.
National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has told the media that workers’ councils would be established in all government departments in the next few weeks.
Workers’ councils were implemented during the 1970s in over 17 state sector departments where over 70 workers’ councils were established.
Nanayakkara has said the concept is being revived following a Presidential directive that the workers’ council concept would increase the productivity of the state sector by 10% during its initial stages.
The expansion of workers’ councils is aimed at helping to counter corruption and criticisms concerning the lack of efficiency in the state sector.