National Decent Work Awards:
Commercial Bank wins 'Gold'
The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has received the Gold award in the
Employer category at the National Decent Work Awards 2009, in
acknowledgement of its outstanding contribution to the advancement of
the national goal of "Social Dialogue on Decent Work for All."
This award stems from the commitment made by the Government, workers
and employers' representatives of Sri Lanka at the 13th Asian Regional
Meeting of the ILO constituents in 2001 to develop a National Policy and
a National Action Plan for Decent Work.
The award which recognizes the commitment of the Commercial Bank
towards creating a decent work environment while sustaining high
performance in a highly competitive market was presented to Chief
Operations Officer of Commercial Bank Ravi Dias by President Mahinda
Rajapaksa at an award ceremony organized by the Ministry of Labour
Relations and Manpower with the International Labour Organization (ILO)
office in Sri Lanka.
'The Decent Work Agenda' of ILO is based on the principles and rights
of workers at work, complying with international labour standards,
employment and income opportunities, social protection, security and
social dialogue, all directed at creating jobs of acceptable quality.
Commercial Bank's Chief HR Officer Chitral Amarasiri said: "The bank
has demonstrated its commitment to comply with national and
international labour standards as well as to promote the concept of
decent work, by creating quality employment opportunities with fair
compensation packages and gender equality."
The Bank has complied with the ILO standards by ensuring freedom of
association and right to collective agreements, by practicing world
class human resources strategies to ensure rights at work, by providing
all necessary facilities to ensure employee occupational safety and
health and by introducing terminal benefit and insurance schemes in
addition to traditional schemes, he said.