NDO – Labour ministers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (CLMTV) have reached a joint declaration on migrant labour safety, emphasising the need to ensure social security and safety for migrant workers in the world’s common development.
The joint declaration was reached during the second Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in CLMTV, which opened in Da Nang on August 2, under the theme of “Promoting human resource development and decent work for migrant workers.”
Addressing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that after more than 50 years since its establishment (1967-2017), ASEAN has developed to become a dynamic and comprehensive organisation. Within the ASEAN, cooperation among the five CLMTV countries is constantly expanding, contributing significantly to socio-economic development and enhancing friendship among the countries.
With a population of approximately 230 million people, the CLMTV countries are not only members of the ASEAN Community but are also connected by the Mekong River, sharing a geographic proximity and many cultural similarities. Especially with roads linking the countries with large markets such as China and India, this is an important condition contributing to ASEAN to develop a new momentum in the future, the deputy PM said.
To control and protect migrant workers, while limiting the negative aspects, Deputy PM Dam proposed that the five CLMTV countries focus on specific issues, including strengthening cooperation in education and training, economic development, trade exchange and science and technology investment in general, while increasing the sharing of information on labour issues and changes in labour policies.
In addition, it is important to strengthen the channels for the timely settlement of labour-related problems, to ensure better social security for migrant workers towards helping them to be well-protected, as normal local workers, and developing a common voice on migrant labour issues, among the five countries in regional forums.
CLMTV leaders agree on a joint declaration on migrant labour safety. (Credit: NDO)
During the exchange and sharing of experience on the relevant issues, CLMTV ministers underlined that addressing the challenges and opportunities in the management of migrant labour requires consistent approaches, with joint efforts not only at the national level, but also at regional and international levels, especially between developing countries with low-developed technologies and more developed countries with hi-technologies.
The labour ministers also emphasised the role of stakeholders, including public officials, legislators, researchers, educators and law enforcement officers, as well as universities, businesses and international and regional organisations, in addressing these challenges.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the CLMTV ministers endorsed the Joint Declaration on safe migration labour submitted by the second CLMTV Senior Labour Officials Meeting, also held in Da Nang on August 1.
The joint declaration states that CLMTV cooperation to promote safe migration will be carried out in accordance with international labour standards and the national legislation of each country, through specific safe migration activities, thus safeguarding the rights of migrant workers and clearly defining the responsibilities of the sending country and the receiving nation.
With this declaration, the ministers affirmed their commitment to further promote regional cooperation in order to better manage migration labour through a number of priority areas for the 2018-2020 period, including social security mobility; pre-departure training and mobility of skills recognition; fair recruitment and guidance from the International Labour Organisation; standard labour contracts; and the welfare fund.