Laos will continue to cooperate with regional and development partners to protect migrant workers’ rights, a conference in Siem Reap, Cambodia was told last week.
Conducted under the theme ‘Toward the Protection of Migrant Workers in CLMTV Countries: Cooperation in Social Security’, the opening of the 3rd Ministerial Conference on Labour Cooperation in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (CLMTV) on September 17 was presided over by Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Hun Sen.
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng told the conference that Laos is focusing on the protection of migrant workers’ rights and implementing a national social protection policy which included a social assistance system. All migrant workers had rights when it comes to negotiating their working conditions, and these rights can be upheld by strengthening the legal mechanisms that govern workers’ status, he said. In addition, workers had improved employment security with the social protection floor, and social dialogue in Laos was being strengthened by developing a labour force based on economic structure, promoting employment services and selfemployment, strengthening workers’ protection, and enhancing industrial relations.