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Dec 06 ATUC leaders meet in Bali, adopt Declaration on key concerns of labour in ASEAN

Asean Trade Union Council, Indonesia, 6 December 2018 - Leaders of the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) reiterated the primacy of social dialogue among tripartite partners and the genuine engagement of unions at the regional and national levels on issues affecting the world of work in their meeting on 24-25 November 2018 in Nusa Dua Bali, Indonesia.

Posted by Ying Yang at Dec 12, 2018 07:09 PM |
New ILO figures show 164 million people are migrant workers

International Labour Organization, Switzerland, 5 December 2018 - The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million.

Posted by Ying Yang at Dec 12, 2018 07:04 PM |
Japan's foreign workers increasingly join labor unions

Nikkei Asian Review, Japan, 26 November 2018 - More foreign nationals working at Japanese companies are joining labor unions, and the service industry that needs their labor is discovering that treating foreigners well is essential to keeping them.

Posted by Ying Yang at Dec 12, 2018 06:52 PM |
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Transformative Technology for Migrant Workers: Opportunities, Challenges, and Risks

Low-wage migrant workers commonly encounter abuses of their labor rights during the migration process. These abuses can include deceptive practices by recruitment agencies, underpayment, poor and unsafe working conditions, and other exploitative practices that may amount to criminal forced labor or human trafficking offenses. Over the past five years, digital technology initiatives have been developed to inform, empower, and connect migrant workers in new ways. These include consumer reporting platforms that pool data on migrants’ experiences with recruitment agencies, within supply chains, and more. Technology offers the promise that the worker’s voice is central to their migration and employment decisions, and allows them to share their experiences in order to reduce exploitation. This report examines five areas in which digital platforms are being developed to protect and empower migrant workers, and considers practical, legal, ethical, and technological implications, and the risks associated with them. The report concludes that digital technology cannot fix structural inequalities, missing institutional capacity, or a lack of political will to address labor exploitation. But when used responsibly and with worker protection and outcomes as a priority, it offers new and amplified opportunities for migrant worker empowerment and justice.

Posted by Ying Yang at Nov 01, 2018 12:00 AM |
Fair perspective: Stories of Filipino migrant workers in the media

The International Labour Organization sees an opportunity in promoting rights-based reporting on labour migration, and supporting journalists to produce balanced reporting that tells all sides of the story.

Posted by Ying Yang at Oct 29, 2018 12:00 AM |
What’s the incentive? Comparing regular and irregular migrant work experiences from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Thailand

This publication provides a comparative assessment of labour migration processes between Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Thailand, using a series of indicators including working time, wages and remittances, freedom of movement and other working and living conditions.

Posted by Ying Yang at Oct 23, 2018 12:00 AM |
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