ASEAN committee on migrant workers held 13th meeting for drafting asean framework instrument for protection and promotion of migrant workers’ rights took place in Nay Pyi Taw
ASEAN committee on migrant workers held 13th meeting for drafting asean framework instrument for protection and promotion of migrant workers’ rights took place in Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday. The reason is that workers from developing countries and lease developed countries are going out in the region and other parts of the world to seek for a better job. The asean committee on migrant workers was established at the 40th ASEAN labour ministers’ meeting.
Union minister, Ministry of Labour, employment & Social Security, H.E. Aye Myint: This meeting aims to discuss how to protect, by the law, workers from ASEAN member states who migrate to the fellow member countries. This meeting is important because if they reach consensus at this meeting, agreements will be able to sign at the remaining two meetings; to be held in Malaysia and Laos. Agreements must be signed by the end of this year.
The committee has been drafting the framework since 2011 which is due to be finalized this year.
Director General, Department of Labour, Myo Aung: There are controversies in defining some words in the draft law. Let’s say “migrant workers”arguments are there whether it means labourers with or without documents. The standing committee claim that migrant workers must include their family members but they argue that migrant workers mean only labourers. So, we will quote the agreements reached by the ministers at the summits and try to achieve what we want.
The document is an important part of ASEAN community 2015. It the law is passed, the labourers will be protected by the rules and laws and be able to enjoy more humanitarian assistances in line with international standard. The meeting continues till 3rd September.