2017 Nov 07
November 7, 2017

How is Asean Integration coming along?

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was founded on Aug. 8, 1967 by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since then, its membership has expanded to ten (10) countries to include Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. ASEAN covers a land area of 4.4 million square kms., 3% of the total land area.. read more →

Philippines praised as ASEAN’s lone labour protector Manila: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has called on nine member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify a convention that protects domestic workers, adding the Philippines should be a model because it has been ASEAN’s only member country that has ratified the 2011.. read more →

2017 Nov 01
November 1, 2017

Labor pains squeeze fast aging Thailand

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New legislation against employing illegal migrants will squeeze crucial sectors and accentuate labor shortages driven by deteriorating demographics and education shortfalls Migrant workers pass the Thai-Myanmar border in an official service truck as they left Thailand from Mae Sot, Tak province in northern Thailand. Photo: AFP/Ye Aung PHOTO / Ye Aung Thu January 1, 2018.. read more →

Tomoko Nishimoto says that Asean nations should ratify the Convention on Domestic Workers to show that they take seriously these labourers’ rights – including reasonable pay, work hours and days off Often called the largest “invisible workforce”, there are almost 10 million domestic workers in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. More than 2 million are migrants, and.. 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 →