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ASEAN must recognize domestic work as "work"
(Press Release)
Wed, Jun 08, 2011


Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers

ASEAN must recognize domestic works as "work"

7th June 2011, the 100th Session of the International Labour Conference adopted the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Work.

The adoption of the ILO Convention on domestic workers means the international recognition of domestic work as "work". It is an international instrument based on which the ASEAN Member States have to revise their national legislation and practices so as to ensure that the rights of domestic workers are effectively respected and recognized as workers in the formal sector.

ASEAN Member States must ratify and fully implement the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Work which is key to the legal recognition of domestic workers and their rights.

Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers (TFAMW) network partners of Migrant Workers Groups, Trade Unions, and Civil Society Organizations, have been engaging ASEAN Member States to fully implement the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (2007).

The TFAMW Civil Society proposal on the ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (2009) calls for the recognition of domestic work in the national labour laws of each ASEAN Member States. TFAMW will continue to advocate for the protection and legal recognition of the rights of domestic workers.

In the past two years, TFAMW has been actively engaging the ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) to draft the legally binding ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers. TFAMW will continue to advocate for the protection of the rights of all migrant workers.

TFAMW advocates for the full implementation of the ILO core labour standards (CLS) - the fundamental principles and rights at work - this basic labour rights protects all workers including migrant workers.

Time for all ASEAN Member States to effectively implement the Core Labour Standards -- the fundamental principles and rights at work - to protect the rights of more then 260 million workers in the region.

ILO Core Labour Standards ratification will form the common legal foundation of the ASEAN Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of the migrant workers. But not all ASEAN Member States have ratified all the 8 ILO Core Labour Standards - 3 countries ratified all the 8 Conventions; 4 countries ratified 5 Conventions; 1 country ratified 3 Conventions, 1 country ratified 2 Conventions, and 1 country ratified 1 Convention
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Note:

ILO Core Labour Standards: Ratification Status of the 10 ASEAN Countries
29   Against Force Labour        : 9 countries
87   Freedom of Association     : 4 countries
98   Collective Bargaining         : 8 countries
105 Abolition of Force Labour  : 4  countries  * Denouce: 2  
100 Equal Remuneration          : 8  countries
111 Against Discrimination        : 5 countries
138 Minimum Age                    : 8 countries
182 Worst form of Child Labour : 9 Countries

ILO Core Labour Standards -  Ratification per country
Brunei         : 1 (C.182)
Cambodia     : 8
Indonesia     : 8
Lao             : 3  (C.29, C.138, C.182)
Malaysia       : 5 (C.98, C.29, C.100, C.138, C.182)
Myanmar      : 2 (C.87, C.29)
Philippines   : 8
Singapore    : 5 (C.98, C.29, C.100, C138, C.182)
Thailand      : 5 (C.29, C.105, C.100, C.138, C.182)
Viet Nam     : 5 (C.29, C.100, C.111, C.138, C.182)

Related Links:

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) has been campaigning for two years for the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

Domestic Workers Have a Convention!
http://www.mfasia.org/home/347-domestic-workers-have-a-convention.html

MFA delivers statement to the ILC
http://www.mfasia.org/home/341-mfa-delivers-statement-to-the-ilc.html

Decent work for domestic workers
http://www.ilo.org/ilc/ILCSessions/100thSession/on-the-agenda/decent-work-for-domestic-workers/lang--en/index.htm

ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
http://www.aseansec.org/19264.htm

TF-AMW Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers
http://www.workersconnection.org/resources/Resources_72/book_tf-amw_feb2010.pdf

Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers:
Information on the ASEAN Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers   http://www.workersconnection.org/

More Information: ASEAN must recognize domestic works as "work"

Sinapan Samydorai
Regional Coordinator
Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers
http://www.workersconnecton.org
Email: samysd@pacific.net.sg
Mobile: + 65 9479 1906


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- Domestic Workers Have a Convention!
- MFA delivers statement to the ILC
- Decent work for domestic workers
- ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers
- TFAMW Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant worker
- Information on the ASEAN Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights
 

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