Regional Meeting on Increasing Productivity through Enhancing the Safety and Health of Migrant Workers

The mobility of professionals in the ASEAN region is expected to increase significantly with the realization of the ASEAN Economic Community’s (AEC) Blueprint for the free flow of skilled labour by 2015. Increased efforts will be needed to ensure that robust regulatory frameworks are in place across the region when the AEC is scheduled to commence in 2015

To support national employers’ organizations in responding to issues in the relationship between enterprise productivity and the safety and health of migrant workers, the ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP) is organizing a regional workshop in the framework of the ASEAN TRIANGLE project. The workshop will be held over two days with ACT/EMP’s regional partner the ASEAN Confederation of Employers (ACE), which represents each of the ten national employers’ organizations of the region. Through presentations by regional and global experts and open discussion between ASEAN employers, the workshop aims to increase businesses’ understanding of the implications of increased OSH pressures on enterprises and institutions and to discuss challenges and good practices of employers in relation to migration in all skill categories.

The discussions will inform official ACE policy positions on productivity and OSH to be taken forward by ACE members in setting the business community’s agenda for the AEC 2015. Specifically ACE members will identify priority issues regarding the relationship between enterprise productivity and the safety and health of migrant workers leading up to the ASEAN integration in 2015 and develop clear policy positions to address each issue. In addition ACT/EMP will also be facilitating a more practical training session designed to improve the capacity of ACE members to appropriately plan, promote, and improve the delivery of OSH services in this context.

The meeting is being conducted as part of the Employers’ Component of the ASEAN Triangle project and is one of five technical workshops designed to address critical areas identified by ACE as essential to successful integration in 2015.