Second Joint Dialogue between the ASEAN Trade Union Council and the ASEAN Confederation of Employers

On 4 to 5 April, ILO, through its TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme, in close collaboration with ACTRAV and ACTEMP, supported the Second Joint Dialogue between the ASEAN Trade Union Council (ATUC) and the ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE) on labour migration in Manila, the Philippines.

Recognizing the importance of regular dialogue between ACE and ATUC, as regional groupings of social partners, TRIANGLE in ASEAN supported the first Joint Dialogue between ATUC and ACE in March 2016.

As a result of this meeting, both ACE and ATUC acknowledged the value of holding such joint dialogues to build trust, address emerging issues, and develop and put forward common positions on labour migration. The most important such ongoing frameworks and processes includes the ASEAN Committee on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (ACMW), the implementation of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers (adopted in Nov. 2017), and the Global Compact of Migration (GCM).

Noting the areas of mutual concern identified by the 2016 meeting and taking recent regional and global processes and agreements into consideration, the proposed topics for discussion for the 2018 ATUC-ACE Joint Dialogue were:

1. Review of the progress of the first Joint Meeting recommendations,
2. ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, and
3. Reach an agreement on common areas of joint action by ATUC and ACE on migration.

The second Joint Dialogue was hosted by the ATUC, with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) and the Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP) and the ILO/TRIANGLE in ASEAN programme.