Asian trade ministers met Monday to hammer out the terms of a massive China-led pact that has taken centre stage as Washington pulls away from regional free trade deals in favour of bilateral agreements. The 16-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is poised to become the largest free trade agreement in the world, covering about half of its.. read more →

While the likes of China, Japan and Hong Kong have all seen a contraction in their workforces since 2015, Southeast Asia will see its working-age population expand through 2020, Nomura Holdings Inc. estimates show. The Philippines, for example, is projected to see a 1.9 percent expansion of its 15-to-65 year-old population this year, with Malaysia’s.. read more →

Key priorities and stronger cooperation among unions in countries of destination and countries of origin in implementing focused activities set the tone of the five-day Follow-up Training on Strengthening Joint Union Actions on Decent Work for Migrant Workers on 8-12 May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. In the opening session, Mr. Henry Cunningham, Programme Manager of.. read more →

Halting immigration would drastically reduce the working age population of G-7 nations, potentially slowing growthHalting immigration would drastically reduce the working age population of G-7 nations, potentially slowing growth It may have fallen out of political favor, but a world without migration looks bleak for advanced economies. Analysis of United Nations data by Fitch Ratings shows.. read more →

JAKARTA, 11 April 2017 – A regional workshop to validate the draft study report on women migrant workers in the ASEAN Economic Community was held yesterday. It was attended by labour officials from ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Confederation of Employers, ASEAN Trade Union Council, ASEAN Services Employees Trade Union Council, Migrant Forum in Asia, Mekong.. read more →