Labour Migration

Standard employment contracts for migrant workers in Kiribati and Tuvalu: Consultation workshops

Pacific Island seasonal workers in Australia (Photo Credit: ABC News)
As part of the Pacific Climate Change Migration and Human Security (PCCMHS) programme, the ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries held consultations with Tuvalu and Kiribati tripartite partners to discuss standard employment contracts (SECs) for migrant workers and relevant human rights and labour standards across the fisheries and horticulture sectors.

The PCCMHS programme is implementing people-centred activities in Tuvalu and Kiribati with a view to strengthening government and community capacity to implement labour migration policies and programmes. Under this area of work, the ILO Pacifika team has worked with an expert consultant to collate information on the terms that international labour standards indicate are required and recommended for inclusion in standard employment contracts; International labour standards concerning the content of each term; and labour standards in law and policy in two major countries of destination for workers from Kiribati and Tuvalu: Australia and New Zealand.

The purpose of the two consultation workshops held this week was to present the information collated in the draft report and obtain feedback from the ILO tripartite constituents in Kiribati and Tuvalu. The final product will be a tool that compiles relevant labour standards, and can be used by stakeholders to understand, promote and protect the rights of migrant workers for Kiribati and Tuvalu.

SECs consultation workshop with Tuvalu stakeholders on 20 January 2021.
SECs consultation workshop with Kiribati stakeholders on 22 January 2021.