Task Force on ASEAN Migrant Workers and ILO-ASEAN TRIANGLE Project Regional Civil Society Consultation: Post 6th AFML Activities

The primary objective of this consultation is to identify activities that national CSO stakeholders will undertake to implement the Recommendations of the 6th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (AFML) and to assess the extent to which CSO have contributed to the implementation of the AFML recommendations (3rd, 4th, 5th)

The AFML is the primary platform for the ten ASEAN member states' labour ministries, employers’ organizations, trade union and civil society representative to meet on an annual basis. The forum is conceived as part of the effort to implement the 2007 Declaration on the Protection and Promotion on the Rights of Migrant Workers made in Cebu, Philippines. The organization of the forum is supported by the ASEAN Secretariat, the presiding government head of the ASEAN (SLOM), ILO, IOM, UN Women and the Taskforce for ASEAN Migrant Workers (TFAMW).

The 6th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour was convened in Brunei Darussalam on the 26-27th November 2013. Participants recommended concrete actions to promote and protect the rights of migrant workers in ASEAN Member States, in particular on complaint and grievance handling mechanisms. CSO stakeholders have an important role to ensure effective implementation of these recommendations.

The TFAMW National CSO and Trade Union partners with the support of the ILO ASEAN TRIANGLE Project will focus on activities on two key recommendation of the 6th AFML:
  1. The promotion of effective complaint mechanisms and grievance handling mechanisms; and
  2. Preparation of the sharing of the experience to report on progress and challenges of implementation of the 6th AFML and previous AFML recommendations (3rd, 4th, 5th) to be shared at the 7th AFML.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  1. To provide space for discussion and better cooperation among TFAMW partners and stakeholders to implement the Recommendations of the ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour (2010-2011-2012-2013)
  2. To share experiences and develop consensus on stakeholder activities undertaken to implement the 6th AFML recommendation on the promotion of effective complaint mechanisms and grievance handling mechanisms at their country level.
  3. To share stakeholder experiences in implementing the Recommendations of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th AFML at the 7th AFML (2014 in Myanmar).
  4. To develop consensus on a survey to investigate what civil society organizations are doing and the methodology (content and design of survey) to develop the directory of CSO activities