Labour migration

ILO Roundtable: Migrant workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining

The ILO will host a virtual roundtable to discuss and present the findings of its latest report on the freedom of association and collective bargaining (FACB) rights of migrant workers. The roundtable will gather a panel of stakeholders representing the voices of the world of work and key experts, that will identify key challenges and ideas to ensure that migrant workers effectively enjoy their FACB rights .


 The 169 million migrant workers around the world play an ever-more vital role in supporting the well-being of our societies. As all workers, they should have the same fundamental rights as the nationals of the country they work in, including the enabling rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. These rights are essential for workers to enjoy decent work.
Despite their universal recognition as fundamental rights and principles at work by the ILO,  challenges exist in ensuring these rights are a reality for migrant workers.

Against this background, the ILO has recently published a report on Migrant Worker’s Right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining that examines the obstacles faced by migrant workers in exercising their FACB rights and provides specific suggestions for action by governments, trade unions, and employers’ organizations to overcome these obstacles. Building on a comprehensive trade union survey, the Report provides key insights into how trade unions view these challenges, and their actions and experiences in engaging and supporting migrant workers to promote their fundamental labour rights. It also illustrates good practices in which employers’ organizations have engaged to foster migrant workers’ rights through effective participation in collective bargaining, particularly in economic sectors with a high prevalence of migrant workers.

On 29 November 2023, the ILO will host a virtual roundtable to discuss and present the findings of its latest report on the freedom of association and collective bargaining rights of migrant workers. The roundtable will gather a panel of stakeholders representing the voices of the world of work and key experts, that will identify key challenges and ideas to ensure that migrant workers effectively enjoy their FACB rights.
  • Disseminate the key ideas of the ILO Report on Freedom of association and collective bargaining of migrant workers  and engage in meaningful discussions to contribute towards creating an environment where migrant workers can work in freedom, respect, and dignity;
  • Identify the key challenges that migrants face in enjoying freedom of association and collective bargaining rights and clarify the expectations from international instruments, support efforts to fine-tune laws and regulations, and provide advice on how to overcome common practical obstacles to the full enjoyment of FACB rights by migrant workers.

Programme

Moderation
  • Ms Miriam Boudraa, Senior Programme Officer, ITCILO
Opening
  • Ms Sukti Dasgupta, Director, WORKQUALITY,  ILO
Part I - Challenges on FACB for migrant workers: presentation of ILO report findings
  • Ms Katerine Landuyt, Senior Technical Specialist, ILO Labour Migration Branch
Part II:   How can collective bargaining help better protect migrant workers’ rights?
  • Mr William Gois, Regional Coordinator, Migration Forum in Asia
  • Prof. Petra Herzfeld-Olsson, Professor of Labour Law, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University  
Q&A session: questions to experts  

Part III: Ensuring FACB for migrant workers in practice – voice of ILO constituents
  • Mr David Iigonda  - Deputy Director at Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Namibia
  • Ms Shiella Estrada, President of Pinay Careworkers Transnational, Philippines
  • Ms Carmen Barsan, Head of Unit International Affairs, Confederation of German Employers’ Association
Q&A session: questions to panellists

Closing remarks
  • Mr Victor Hugo Ricco,  Senior Specialist Workers Activities, ACTRAV Bureau, ILO
To learn more on this topic, we encourage all participants to read the ILO Report on Migrant Workers’ Rights to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining or check out keys insights of the report by consulting the executive summary.