Signing Ceremony of MoU Among Regional and Sub - Regional Trade Unions

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Signing Ceremony between: ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC), South Asian Regional Trade Union Council (SARTUC), African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa), International Trade Union Confederation Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP); Arab Trade Union Confederation (Arab TUC) the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) as implementing signatories, and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) as observer signatory, to pursue and achieve effective protection of the rights of migrant workers, happened on 12th June 2023 at ILC 2023 in presence of ILO DG, Mr. Gilbert Houngbo. 

The above six Trade Union organisations have reaffirmed their firm commitment to the principles and objectives of this MOU to cooperate and collaborate for the defence, protection and promotion of migrant workers’ rights.

However, despite modest gains made, the working and living conditions of migrant workers and members of their families remain dire and precarious. This revised and renewed MOU is a mark of dedication to continue to seek better protection for migrant workers as a vital but vulnerable constituency of workers that the trade unions should protect. Aside from the urgency to contribute to the effective protection of migrant workers, the commitment to steady this course is also inspired by a self-enlightened interest to further the relevance and revitalization of the trade union movement.

Subsequently, the parties to this MOU have therefore agreed to create better and improved spaces, opportunities and environment for the better defence, protection and promotion of the human and labour rights of migrant workers and members of their families through 10 actions:

Action 1: Ratification and implementation of International Labour Standards (ILS)

Action2: Legislation-

Action3: Empowerment of migrant workers –

Action 4: Contribute to the advancement of fair recruitment

Action 5: Advocate for improved and inclusive International Cooperation

Action 6: Promote the Decent Work Agenda

Action 7: Contribute to responsive actions to structural crises

Action 8: Effective Social Dialogue

Action 9: Championing Women Migrant Workers’ Rights

Action 10: Advocate for data collection, analysis and utilisation