16 December 2009
ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

BANGKOK-(ILO News): Trade union leaders from the ten ASEAN member States just completed a three days meeting to discuss the Charter and its implications for South East Asia’s workers. The event was jointly organized by the International Labour Organization – the United Nations body that deals with work and workplace issues – the International Trade Union Confederation Asia Pacific, and the ASEAN Trade Union Council.

Delegates to the meeting in Bangkok registered concern that on the first anniversary of the signing of the ASEAN Charter, which took place on 15 December 2008, there is still a lack of engagement with trade unions and workers.

The ASEAN Charter provides the legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN, and codifies ASEAN norms, rules and values; sets clear targets and presents accountability and compliance.

The media are invited to attend the meeting’s closing ceremony at 11:30 am, Thursday 17th December, Holiday Inn Hotel, 971 Ploenchit Road, Sukhumvit, (Chidlom BTS).

Among those available for comment will be:

  • Dan Cunniah, Director, International Labour Organization’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV).
  • Syed Shahir Bin Syed Mohamud, President, ASEAN Trade Union Council.
  • Noriyuki Suzuki, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, Asia Pacific.

“Social dialogue between Governments, employers and trade unions is essential to addressing poverty and creating sustainable and fair economic growth in South East Asia. The ASEAN Charter provides an opportunity to create a truly just, democratic and harmonious South East Asian Community, but it must engage workers and trade unions in the ASEAN structure,” said Dan Cunniah,

For more information please contact:

Christine Nathan
Regional Specialist in Workers Education – ILO
Mobile: 0850455162

Krisdaporn Singhaseni
Information Officer – ILO
Tel: 02 288 1664