Cabinet approves minimum working age

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de SilvaThe Cabinet of Ministers approved the amendment of relevant labour laws to enable the increase of the minimum age of engagement in service up to 16 years.

This is in terms of the legal provisions applicable to labourers to suit the legal provisions describing the maximum compulsory age of schooling as 16 years.

Approval was granted at the cabinet meeting held on 10 June.

Accordingly, the Legal Draftsman formulated the drafted laws for the amendment of the following acts and regulations:

  • Shop and Office Employees (Regulation of Employment and Remuneration) Act No. 19 of 1954
  • Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act No. 47 of 1956
  • Minimum Wages (Indian Labour) Ordinance Amendment Act
  • Factories Ordinance No. 45 of 1942
  • Orders published in Extraordinary Gazette dated 31 October 1958, formulated under provisions of the Employees Provident Fund Act No. 15 of 1958

The proposal, submitted by Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva, calls for the submission of the said draft bills to Parliament after publishing in the Government Gazette.

It further calls for tabling the orders declared as per the provisions of the Employees’ Provident Fund No. 15 of 1958 in Parliament.