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Cablegate: Fy-2004 Mrp "Organized Labor" -

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301132Z Jun 04

UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 COLOMBO 001102

SIPDIS

STATE FOR ECA/PE/V/M-MARGERY BENSON/SEQUITA ROBINSON
INFO: ECA/PE/V/R/N-LARRY MOODY; SA/PD

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OEXC SCUL KPAO OEXC
SUBJECT: FY-2004 MRP "ORGANIZED LABOR" -
AUGUST 19-SEPTEMBER 19, 2004: SRI LANKAN NOMINATION
PROJECT NUMBER: E/VP-2004-0038

REF: STATE 126538

1. POST NOMINATES MR. D.M. UPALI DISSANAYAKE, SECRETARY
TO THE WAGES BOARD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FOR
PARTICIPATION IN THE SUBJECT PROJECT. POST CONFIRMS
THAT THIS NOMINATION HAS "FULL COUNTRY TEAM APPROVAL."

2. NOMINATION IS AS FOLLOWS:
START FIXED-FORMAT TEXT (PLEASE DO NOT EDIT):
: The following data is in a fixed format which enables
: automated processing in Washington and should not be
: edited except by means of the Post-EVDB software.
EXPORT-SOURCE: POST-EVDB
VERSION: 3.0.7
POST-EMAIL: tilakawardenac@state.gov
TRANSMITTING-POST: PAS Colombo
TRANSMITTING-POST-ID: 2929
EXPORT-TYPE: BIO DATA
START NOMINATION:
ECA-OFFICE: E/VGN
PROG-AGENCY-NAME:
POST-PROJ-ID: 141
ECA-PROJ-NO: E/VP-2004-0038
PROJ-NAME: Organized Labor - August 19 - September 9,
2004
START MEMO PROJ-DESC:

END MEMO PROJ-DESC:
PROJ-TYPE: Multi-Regional
PROG-TYPE: IV Grant Visitor
FY: 2004
DEPART-POST: 08/17/2004
SESSION-DATE: 08/19/2004
RETURN-POST: 09/11/2004
NO-OF-PART: 1
RANK-ORDER: 0
START MEMO POST-OBJ:
This project is in support of MPP on "Economic
Development"
END MEMO POST-OBJ:
START MEMO POST-RCMD:

END MEMO POST-RCMD:
ECA-OFFICE-ID: 1039
PROG-AGENCY-ID:
PROJ-TYPE-ID: MRP
PROG-TYPE-ID: 29
NOMINATING-POST-ID: 2929
FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
STATUS: N
ORIGINATOR: U
SUBJ-DISC: Labor
START BIO:
PREFIX: Mr.
F-NAME: Dissanayake M.
M-NAME: Upali
L-NAME: DISSANAYAKE
SUFFIX:
POSITION-CODE: 110
PRINCIPAL?: Yes
M-ADDR1: Labor Standards Division
M-ADDR2: Department of Labor
M-ADDR3: Labor Secretariat, Kirular Road
M-CITY: Colombo 5
M-STATE:
M-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
M-ZONE:
M-ZIP:
M-PHONE: (94-11) 258-2412
M-FAX:
M-EMAIL:
M-CNTRY-ID: CE
M-ADDRTYPE: B
GENDER: M
DOB: 01/19/1955
MAR-STAT: M
BIRTH-CITY: Anuradhapura
BIRTH-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
CITIZ-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
RES-CNTRY: Sri Lanka
START MEMO POSITION:
Secretary, Wages Board, Department of Labor, 2001- to

SIPDIS
date
END MEMO POSITION:
START MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
Labor Officer, Dept. of Labor
END MEMO OTHER-POSITIONS:
START MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
1998-2001 - Labor Officer, Colombo North District Labor
Office
1990-97 - Labor Officer, Foreign Relations Division,
Ministry of Labor
1989-90 - Labor Officer, Avissawella District Labor
Office
1976-88 - Clerk, Dept. of Census and Statistics,
Ministry of Planning
END MEMO PREV-POSITIONS:
START MEMO US-TRAVEL:
None
END MEMO US-TRAVEL:
START MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:

END MEMO OTHER-TRAVEL:
START MEMO EDUCATION:
Bachelor of Development Studies, University of Colombo,
1981
Diploma in International Labor Standards, ILO Training
Center, Turin, Italy, 1995
END MEMO EDUCATION:
START MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:

END MEMO MEMBERSHIPS:
START MEMO PUBLICATIONS:

END MEMO PUBLICATIONS:
START MEMO SPEC-CONSID:

END MEMO SPEC-CONSID:
FIRST-LANG: Sinhala
ENGL-READ: 3
ENGL-SPEAK: 3
ENGL-COMP: 3
START MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
This project is in support of MPP on "Economic
Development"
END MEMO NOM-POST-OBJ:
START MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:

END MEMO NOM-POST-RCMD:
START MEMO VIS-OBJ:

END MEMO VIS-OBJ:
START MEMO VIS-REC:

END MEMO VIS-REC:
NOMINATING-OFFICER: Dean Thompson
START MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
As the Secretary of the Wages Board, Mr. Dissanayake
coordinates work related to 43 wages boards appointed
by the Ministry of Labor. These wages boards are
responsible for deciding the minimum wages and
conditions in 43 trades coming under the Wages Boards
Ordinance, ranging from tea plantations to garment
industry. In this capacity, he is responsible for
liaising tripartite partners (government, employers and
trade unions), educating them on labor standards and
practices, minimum wages and conditions. Wages boards
do not have the expertise or capacity to undertake
detailed research and studies, and Mr. Dissanayake and
other responsible officers are currently trying to
introduce such capability. In addition to Wages Board
matters, Mr. Dissanayake is also responsible for
examining the legality of collective agreements and
advising relevant labor commissioners. Also, he
functions as a trainer of trainees on labor standards
and worker education, and actively takes part in
educating human resource mangers and personnel managers
of a wide variety of private companies on labor
standards. During 1998-2001, as a labor officer in the
Colombo North District Office, Mr. Dissanayake engaged
in factory inspections, court work, conciliation, and
workers education. Mr. Dissanayake plays an important
role in the Department of Labor working on labor/wage
matters and training others on labor standards. He is
also expected to assume higher duties when current
senior officers in the labor standards division go on
retirement. Therefore, he would be an ideal candidate
to participate in the international visitor program on
"Organized Labor."
END MEMO NOMINATING-JUSTIFICATION:
NOM-OFF: ECON
SPEAKER?: No
NOTIFY-EMB: Yes
MEDIA?: No
HOME-STAY: Yes
HOME-HOSP?: Yes
E-I-TYPE:
NOMINEE-ID: 184
PERSON-ID: 190
BIRTH-CNTRY-ID: CE
CITIZ-CNTRY-ID: CE
RES-CNTRY-ID: CE
FIRST-LANG-ID: SI
E-I-TYPE-ID:
NOM-POST-ID: 2929
NOM-FUNDING-CNTRY-ID:
NOM-STATUS: N
DS2019-ACTION: 1
DS2019-SUBJECT: 52.1002
SPONS-FUNDS: 0
SPONS-AGENCY1: DOS
USGOVT-AGENCY1: DOS
US-AGENCY-AMT1: 8000
USGOVT-AGENCY2:
US-AGENCY-AMT2: 0
INTL-ORG1:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT1: 0
INTL-ORG2:
INTL-ORG-AMOUNT2: 0
VIS-GOVT-AMT: 0
COMMISSION: 0
OTHER-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-AMOUNT: 0
VIS-CAT: 5
END BIO:
END NOMINATION:
END FIXED-FORMAT TEXT:

3. PLEASE ADVISE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS NOMINATION.
LUNSTEAD

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