Migrant workers contribute significantly to the socio-economic, cultural and political well being of both host and sending countries. They deserve recognition and respect and have a right to dignity, fair, just, humane and equal treatment.
Promote equal, fair and humane treatment, just living and working conditions, access to opportunity for advancement and well-being, and equal pay for equal work among migrant and local workers.
CAMPAIGN OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS:
- Increasing recognition of MWs issues at the international level
- Capitalizing on existing national campaigns
- Linking up with trade unions and local workers groups
- Solidarity among workers (local and migrants)
- Opportunity to highlight good practices in certain countries
- Opportunity to improve the ASEAN social security community.
- Opportunity for recognition and visibility of migrants and their socio economic political and cultural contribution to both host and sending countries
- Increasing discrimination in the context of global war on terror
- Deportation of workers if NGOs pushed too hard for the campaign
- Create friction among local and migrant workers
- Lack of political will from Sending countries to push for reform and changes
- Antagonize local population if campaign is pushed too hard
- Highlight discriminatory practices and policies experienced by MWs based on race, nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, faith, age, job categories and immigration status. [research component]
- Identify existing initiatives, campaigns and partners working to address the above stated discrimination;
- Establish links to the above to strengthen the campaign;
- Identify the gaps in practice vis a vis standards and implementation.
- To call for the ratification, implementation and monitoring of ILO conventions, CEDAW, MWC, anti discriminations and other UN conventions and to the passage of national legislations consistent with international standards
- To expose and oppose the ill effects of neo liberal economic globalization
- To raise public awareness on the positive socio cultural, political and economic contributions of migrant workers in both the host and sending countries.
- Specifically call for the recognition of domestic work as work and its inclusion in the national, labour and social legislations.