Kochi, 3 August 2015, With the initiation from SARTUC General Secretary Mr. Laxman Basnet, the inter-regional trade union blocks Arab Trade Union Confederation (ArabTUC), ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) and South Asian Regional Trade Union Council (SARTUC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the protection and well being of migrant workers.
The MOU promotes an understanding to create a favourable, safe, secure and right based environment for the migrant workers. The provisions of the MOU seeks to create an environment conducive to migrant workers through joint and coordinated efforts on organising, advocating, communicating and supporting. It has identified 8 actions to be taken by the Trade Unions in the regions followed by other immediate activities.
The MOU was signed by Mr. Mustapha Tlili, Executive Secretary of ArabTUC, Mr. Cedric Bagtas, Deputy Secretary of ATUC (on behalf of his general secretary Mr Ernesto Herrera) and Mr. Laxman Basnet , General Secretary of SARTUC.
ITUC-AP General Secretary Mr. Noriyuki Suzuki also acknowledged the signing of MOU and hailed the leaders for taking a historical step towards protection of migrant workers' rights. He also expressed hisÂ gratitude towards Mr. Basnet for taking the initiative.