Malaysia: TFAMW launched the Civil Society proposal for an ASEAN Framework Instrument on the rights of migrant workers

30 Mar 2010   |  Unused   |  Unused  

23 March 2010, Task force on ASEAN Migrant workers launches the Civil Society Proposal for an ASEAN Framework Instrument on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers at public forum organised at the Wisma MTUC, Subang, Malaysia.


MTUC together with civil soceity groups played a key role in organising the launch of the Civil Society proposal for an ASEAN Framework Instrument on the rights of migrant workers. Suahakam\'s Sivasubramaniam officially launch the civil society proposal at Wisma MTUC, Subang, Malaysia. More then 60 participants actively engaged in discussion at the public forum.


The MTUC is a federation of trade unions and registered under the Societies Act, 1955. It is the oldest National Centre representing the Malaysian workers. The Unions affiliated to MTUC represent all major industries and sector with approximately 500,000 members.



 

Civil Society Proposal: ASEAN Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant workers

 

Civil Society groups within ASEAN proposed  key elements for developing the ASEAN  Framework Instrument on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant workers as follows:

 

Obligations of labour receiving countries:


  • To ensure that migrant workers are treated in accordance with the core labour standards of the ILO. The instrument calls for accordingly  “national treatment” to migrantworkers in terms of wages and conditions of work, and instituting standard contractsfor hiring migrant workers throughout the region.

  •  Reaffirms migrant workers’ rights to hold their own passports and worker identification documents.
  • To ensure provision of health care for migrant workers and their families, guaranteeing safe and hygienic accommodation and living conditions and

  • Providing migrant workers with effective access to legal systems and justice.

 

Obligations of sending countries

 

  • To include effective pre-departure training systems and programs.

  • Government to institute effective accreditation and regulation processes to oversea labour recruitment agencies in order to prevent abuses.

  • To ensure systems of protection through deployment and pro-active efforts of committed labour attaches or embassies staff at the sending and receiving countries.

 

Joint obligations of labour sending and labour receiving states

 

  • A need for effective regulation of labour recruitment agencies; institution of practical and effective grievance systems that can be used by migrant workers.

  •  Effective suppression of human trafficking;

  •  Member states to harmonies their national labour laws with international labour standards.

 
 Download the full text

 

EBook: 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




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