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ASEAN LABOR INSPECTION CONFERENCE ADDRESSES CRUCIAL THEME: "EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION OF MIGRANT WORKERS"

12th ASEAN Labor Inspection Conference focuses on safeguarding migrant workers through labor inspection.

08.12.2023
BY WILHEMINA BOWEN
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The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower played a central role in addressing the critical theme of "Employment Protection of Migrant Workers through Labor Inspection" at the 12th ASEAN Labor Inspection Conference held in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The conference, which took place from December 5th to 6th, gathered representatives from ASEAN member countries, the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC), the ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE), the Alfa Project, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International Association of Labor Inspection (IALI), and the International Labor Organisation (ILO).

Anwar Sanusi, the Secretary-General of the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower, underscored the conference's significance as a tangible demonstration of ASEAN's commitment to safeguarding migrant workers through labor inspections. Despite regional commitments, Sanusi acknowledged persisting challenges such as forced labor and unpaid wages.

"This meeting is a genuine and practical step in translating our collective commitment to promoting and safeguarding the rights of migrant workers," stated Sanusi.

The conference delved into in-depth discussions surrounding policies, the implementation of labor standards, and the monitoring challenges inherent in protecting and promoting the rights of migrant workers. Sanusi emphasized the critical role of labor inspection in ensuring the protection of migrant workers under the broader concept of employment.

"This is interesting to study further because the role of labor inspection, if carried out effectively, can reduce problems that still often arise in migrant worker problems," said Sanusi.

Throughout the conference, Sanusi highlighted numerous opportunities for collaboration to advance the protection agenda for migrant workers. He stressed the importance of information exchange regarding the role of labor inspection in overcoming challenges, extending not only within the ASEAN region but also to other parts of the world.

As the conference concluded, it left a clear message – the commitment to protecting the rights of migrant workers requires collaborative efforts, continuous dialogue, and effective implementation of labor inspection mechanisms. The ASEAN member countries aim to build on this foundation to create a safer and more secure environment for migrant workers across the region.

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