Asean consensus on migrant labour: gaps between reality and Singapore’s commitments

Posted by on January 24, 2018 in Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand

In November 2017, Asean heads of government signed an ‘Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers’. The terms of the document were not binding, and every article within was made subject to national laws.

Despite such inauspicious beginnings, Transient Workers Count Too has taken a microscope to the document. Our 14-page commentary identifies and evaluates the gaps between the standards enshrined in the Consensus document and the situation as presently exists in Singapore. Recommendations are made for how to close the gaps.

Our understanding is that Asean member states intend to continue working on the subject, with the aim of developing an action plan.

Both the Asean Consensus document and our commentary can be downloaded by clicking the respective icons below.

TWC2 is an organization that is dedicated to assisting low-wage migrant workers when they are in difficulty. We are motivated by a sense of fairness and humanity, though our caseload often exceeds our
means.

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