March 21, 2016

Charmin Idamegama, Coordinator of NUSS Youth Wing, shares their photos and two resolutions adopted at International Women’s Day.

National Union of Seafarers Sri Lanka (NUSS)’s working committee recently decided to revive the NUSS Youth Wing and following the decision three young leaders (Bro Charmin Idamegama, Sis Riyana Feiros and Bro Malisha Liyanage) and a committee comprising of seven others were chosen. They have revived their youth data base and 65% of NUSS members are under 35 years old (approximately 5000 members). However they only have two female seafarers and 70 female Dockers.

International Women’s Day 2016

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NUSS Youth Wing together with their sister union National Union of Metal & Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka (NUMMS) and others celebrated International Women’s Day together at Katunayake, Sri Lanka.

Katunayake is a Free Trade Zone in suburb of Negombo city, and it is the site of the Bandaranaike International Airport of Sri Lanka. The Free Trade Zone employs approximately 40,000 workers, mostly young workers.


At the International Women Days meeting the unions in solidarity adopted two resolutions;

  1. To demand from the government to release the report of the commission that was appointed to probe the murder of Roshen Chanaka and pay compensation to the family. Roshen was a 21 years old Katunayake factory worker, who was killed by police shooting during a workers’ demonstration against a new government pension scheme in June 2011. The unions will never forget his sacrifice and the police brutality that day, when more than 200 workers were also injured, and we will ensure that his family, friends and colleagues can have closer and justice.
  2. To demand the government to rectify discriminatory anomalies in the maternity leave benefits act in compliance with the ILO convention number 103, “Maternity Protection Convention” (ratified by Sri Lanka, 1 April 1993)



Call to all members of the ITF young workers network: please send us your stories, share your campaigns and tell us about your activism.



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  1. Charmin says:

    We are looking forward to organise such programs for young worker’s in Sri Lanka

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