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MOL Joins ILO to Drive the Future of Work to Support ASEAN Workers Mobility

Date: 
Thursday, 26 September 2019

           The Permanent Secretary of Labour commenced the 12th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour, to prepare relevant sectors to drive and prepare for the future of work and management of labour mobility, ensuring protection and promoting the ability to work in ASEAN member countries.
           On September 25, 2019, Permanent Secretary of Labour Mr. Suthi Sukosol, chaired the commencement of the 12th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour, at Novotel Platinum Pratunam, Bangkok. He said that the 12th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labours central theme was the future of work and migration. Sub-topics consisted of the challenges of fair and sustainable protection, equality, and the challenge of working foreign workers' abilities. The ILO demonstrated the direction of the future by certifying the Declaration on the Future of Work at the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference, which took place in June, in Geneva. The Declaration is like a mechanism calling for member states to take measures to ensure that people will benefit from changes in the form of work, with sufficient social protection. It also spoke about other collaborative frameworks, such as the G20 and G7, which have adopted the Declaration and Leadership Statement to encourage measures to prepare for changes in population structure and new forms of work which will affect the ASEAN region. Therefore, ASEAN member states have certified two crucial documents to be consistent with the direction in the international arena, namely the ASEAN Labour Ministers Statement on the future of work, promoting technology and participatory growth, and the ASEAN Labour Ministers Statement on environmentally friendly initiatives to propose to the 108th Session of the International Labour Organization.
           The meeting's objective discussed future impacts of work, as well as the preparation between the relevant sectors for support and the management of labour mobility. The meetings target groups included the ACMW primary coordinator from ASEAN member states, representatives from employers, employees, civil society organizations, representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat Office and International Organizations such as the International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration and the UN Women Organization. There was a total of 80 participants. The meeting was joined by representatives from the Canadian Embassy in the ASEAN Secretariat, representatives from the Australian Embassy in the ASEAN Secretariat and representatives from the Swiss Embassy in Thailand, who attended as an observer. The expected results of the meeting will provide concrete recommendations among ASEAN member states to drive and prepare for the challenges posed by the future of work to foreign workers, both in the dimension of protection and promoting working capabilities.

 

 

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Division of Public Relations/
News by Chaninthorn Phettab/
Photos by Pariyaron Phromsakha Na Sakonnakhon/
Information by Bureau of International Cooperation/
25 September 2019