Campaigners applaud move that will ‘take heart out of kafala’ by denying employers right to deny exit permits to overseas staff Workers at the Al-Wakrah stadium in Doha use heavy machinery during preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Photograph: Maya Alleruzzo/AP A law change that will allow the majority of migrant workers to.. read more →

ASEAN Unions set up the youth and women structure within the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC), elected its officers and members and prepared its work plan during an inception workshop on 14-15 August 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The ATUC youth and women structure will address and promote the concerns of young and women workers in.. read more →

2018 Sep 05
September 5, 2018

Using tech to combat human trafficking

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Two Cambodian girls rescued from brothels in Phnom Penh by the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Centre. (Rob Elliot / AFP Photo) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying to tackle the scourge of human trafficking for a while now. Unfortunately, as 2018 dawned, none of the ASEAN member states made it onto the.. read more →

ASEAN ministers say updating current trade deals will complement RCEP talks ASEAN ministers discussed ways to build up economic links so that businesses can survive turmoil.    © Reuters SINGAPORE — The countries of Southeast Asia affirmed their support for free trade on Saturday as uncertainties in the global trade environment threaten to hurt exports, which they see.. read more →

2018 Aug 30
August 30, 2018

Minimum wage levels across ASEAN

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Minimum wage rates across ASEAN are rising gradually to match the region’s increased cost of living and boost domestic demand. Several ASEAN nations – popular among foreign investors for their cheap labor – are facing pressures due to poverty and low economic growth. To combat inflation and prevent any outbreaks of labor unrest, such countries.. read more →