The Employers' Federation of Ceylon

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History and Growth

The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) was established in 1929 as an organization of employers dealing with labour and social issues in Sri Lanka. It is today the principal organization of employers, promoting employer interests at national level, especially focusing on industrial relations and labour law.

The unique feature of this organization is that it provides a wide range of direct services to its member employers. The membership consists of individual employers representing different business interests.

Initially, the EFC was more involved in ‘fire fighting’ and settlement of industrial disputes. This was a period of time when employer-employee relations were very much adversarial and conflictual. Subsequently, with the opening of the economy, Sri Lanka became an attractive point of investment for many foreign and multi national Companies. Ever since the 1980s, the EFC brought in a new culture and expanded its services in terms of training and development through which it promotes better workplace relations between employers and workers. Today, it is a formidable organization which commands the attention of the policy makers in relation to labour policy, and the EFC plays a very important role in terms of lobbying for labour reforms and changes in policy in the interest of employers in Sri Lanka. It is recognized by all Trade and Business Chambers in Sri Lanka as the ‘voice of business’ in relation to labour law and industrial relations in Sri Lanka.

 

Structure

The policy making body of the EFC is its Council which has 25 elected and co-opted members representing various groups of employers and the Secretariat. The Chairman of the EFC is the Chairman of the Council. The property of the EFC is vested in a Board of Trustees, chaired by the Chairman of the EFC. The executive arm of the EFC is the Secretariat, headed by the Director - General.

Presently the EFC has over 610 employers representing the following businesses:

1. Banking and Finance

2. Battery Manufacturers

3. Breweries

4. Brokering Services

5. Ceramics

6. Cinemas and Clubs

7. Engineering and Construction

8. Food Processing and Distribution

9. Diplomatic Missions

10. Garment and Hosiery Manufacturers

11. General Produce and Non-Traditional Exports

12. Hotels and Tourism

13. Importers, Exporters and Distributors

14. Lapidary

15. Manufacturers of Consumer and Non-consumer products

16. Motor and Transport

17. Match Manufacturers

18. Nursing Homes

19. Pharmaceutical

20. Plantation Management

21. Printing and Publishing

22. Property Developers

23. Schools

24. Shipping, Airlines and Communication

25. Shoe and Footwear Manufacturers

26. Shops & Supermarkets

27. Textiles

28. Wholesale & Retail Trade

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