Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

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Nowadays, the main field in which the Institute acquires collections is labour, and its various aspects. The IISH’s collections in this field are global in scope. A number of recent acquisitions in... [Collection highlight]
Between 1988 and 1994 a Dutch relief officer crossed the countryside of Sri Lanka to help people and communities threatened by the Civil War between the Tamils and the state. In 1994 he settled in... [Collection highlight]
The Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers’ Union was initially a white-collar mercantile union. Victor Corea and A.E. Goonesinha were its inaugural President and Secretary respectively.... [Collection item]