The ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) lauded the signing of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers during the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila on 13-14 November 2017. The Consensus establishes a landmark framework for cooperation in safeguarding the interests of migrant workers between and among the ASEAN Member States.
In a statement adopted during its post-31st ASEAN Summit Meeting in Manila on 21-22 November 2017, ATUC also welcomed 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 and its affiliates are ready to participate in the formulation and implementation of the action plan to implement the Consensus, the ASEAN Declaration and the Joint Statement,” ATUC General Secretary Ruben Torres said.
ATUC noted 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),” ATUC President Abdul Halim Mansor added.
The ATUC Statement reiterated 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”.
The ATUC leaders handed over the statement to officials of the Philippine Department of Labour and Employment. ITUC-AP General Secretary Shoya Yoshida accompanied the ATUC delegation and emphasized the importance of recognizing ATUC as a social dialogue partner of ASEAN for inclusive, just and sustainable development .
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