Jan 03, Colombo: The Biyagama Export Processing Zone of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka was honored recently for achieving a very high standard in "Social standard and Workplace co-operation".
The Biyagama EPZ received a Silver Award from the Department of Labor, Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment and Department of Petroleum Resources Development.
The award is significant since there has been an international trend for countries to uphold the highest standards of industrial relations in work places, the BOI said.
In fact the development of harmonious labor relations has become a discipline in its own right and enterprises now seek to develop an ongoing dialogue between workers and management.
Furthermore with the need to secure timely production and supply discerning global markets without any delay, it is a prerequisite that production deadlines are met. Harmonious relations within the workplace therefore, is necessary and indeed a vital component to any modern economy. Hence it is important that both management and the workforces of enterprises are clear on the need to work together to achieve the enterprise's success.
The award is an annual event that covers 4 sectors including Plantation, Manufacturing, Services and Apparel. The participating enterprises are categorized as being Large, Medium or Small Scale, depending on the size of their respective work forces.
This competition was aimed at identifying the extent to which there was mutual understanding between the employer and employee, the ability to understand the opinion of others and team work within the organization.
The Panel included experts from multi-disciplinary professions appointed by the Department of Labor.
The competition was held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), Colombo recently under the patronage of the Secretary to the Ministry of Labor, Foreign Employment and Petroleum Resources Development.