In spite of what was earlier promised, a mega trade deal that would have linked around 30 percent of the global economy failed to find a substantial conclusion this year. Some countries behind the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) still haven’t seen eye to eye on some contentious issues even after 20 rounds of negotatiations.. read more →

The General Council of the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) adopted six broad action programmes for the next five years: social dialogue and stronger engagement with ASEAN; trade and investment agreements as tools for fair globalization; labour migration and fair treatment of migrant workers; women, youth and precarious work; stronger social protection systems; and decent.. read more →

The International Trade Union Confederation–Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP), Arab Trade Trade Union Confederation (ArabTUC), South Asia Regional Trade Union Council (SARTUC) and Asean Trade Union Council (AseanTUC) agreed to establish a Migrant Resource Center (MRC) in Jordan in the Arab region during their coordination meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on 16 October 2017. The Arab region has.. read more →

Cambodia: Confusion around the lift of the domestic workers ban in Malaysia Almost six years after Cambodian maids were banned from working in Malaysia, the Labour Ministry said it was finalising a long-delayed plan to lift the restriction. Some parts of the deal were still under discussion at that time. Despite the ban, Cambodians continue going to.. read more →

Direct services to migrant workers through unions and migrant resource centres, increased access to complaints mechanisms, organising, continuing capacity building of focal points and clear responsibilities of the parties involved highlighted the work plan prepared during the Follow-up Training on Strengthening Joint Union Actions on Decent Work for Migrant Workers on 8-12 May 2017 in.. read more →