Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) General Secretary Gopal Kishnam, right (front row), reads the  ATUC Statement during the ASEAN People’s Forum workshop on labor, 23 April 2015.

Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) General Secretary Gopal Kishnam, right (front row), reads the ATUC Statement during the ASEAN People’s Forum workshop on labor, 23 April 2015.

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – “The draft ASEAN Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Workers should be built on the basis of the ILO Conventions and relevant international instruments, in harmony with the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work,” said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) General Secretary Gopal Kishnam during the workshop on labor at the ASEAN People’s Forum on 23 April 2015.

The proposal was part of the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) Kuala Lumpur Declaration on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Workers adopted during the ATUC parallel meeting for the 26th ASEAN Summit on 22-23 April 2015.

ATUC proposals on the draft Agreement integrated important points under nine subtitles, including: (1) Respect and Full Compliance with Fundamental Workers’ Rights, (2) Employment and Working Conditions, (3) Social Protection, (4) Gender Equality, (5) Child Labor, (6) Occupational Safety and Health, (7) Migrant Workers, (8) Supervisory Mechanisms and Dispute Settlement Boards, and (9) Actions on ASEAN Economic Integration and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

Earlier in the opening session of the Forum, Bro. Mohd Khalid Bin Atan (middle, front row in the photo), MTUC President (also the ATUC President), called on the ASEAN countries to provide unions a forum to discuss with ASEAN issues and challenges in ASEAN labor market integration, including migrant workers’ concerns.

The MTUC, Committee for Asian Women (CAW), Asian Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) and ATUC, with support from the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC AP), co-organized the ASEAN People’s Forum workshop on labor.