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 →

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 →