The ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) Officers’ Meeting on 21-22 November 2017 in Manila prepared the ATUC Statement on the 31st ASEAN Summit and Inclusive Regional Integration.
The Statement appreciates the signing of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers which establishes a landmark framework for cooperation in safeguarding the interests of migrant workers between and among the ASEAN Member States.
The Statement welcomes the adoption of the ASEAN Declaration on the Gender-Responsive Implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and Sustainable Development Goals and the Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN.
ATUC is ready to participate in the formulation and implementation of the action plans to implement the ASEAN Consensus, the ASEAN Declaration and the Joint Statement.
The Statement notes the signing of the ASEAN-Hong Kong, China (HKC) Free Trade Agreement and ASEAN–HKC Investment Agreement. Trade and investment agreements could be a tool to improve the working conditions and lives of workers and their families. To build on this and to contribute to positive social impact, ATUC urges the ASEAN Leaders to engage trade unions in the on-going negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
The Statement also reiterates ATUC’s resolve to work with relevant ASEAN Bodies to achieve an “ASEAN Community that engages and benefits the peoples and is inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and dynamic”.
We are transmitting the attached full statement to the Honourable Minister and request that the willingness of ATUC to work with the ASEAN Leaders, the ASEAN Labour Ministers and the Subsidiary Bodies be taken into consideration.
Should the Honourable Minister have questions or need further information, the [name of affiliate] would be pleased to meet in person.
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