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Signing of MOU Between UNI APRO, UNI NLC and UNI MLC
On 6 April 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UNI Asia Pacific Regional Organisation (UNI Apro), UNI-Malaysia Labour Centre (UNI MLC) and UNI Nepal Liaison Council (UNI NLC) in Kuala Lumpur. Bro. Christopher Ng, Regional Secretary of UNI Apro/ Founder of ASETUC signed on behalf of UNI Apro, Brother Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, President of UNI MLC/General Secretary of ASETUC signed on behalf of UNI MLC and Bro. Shankar Lamichhane, President of UNI NLC signed the MOU on behalf of UNI NLC.
This MOU aims to develop and implement a partnership program to represent and support Nepalese Migrant Workers in Malaysia. This partnership is a practical manifestation of the spirit of the solidarity outlined in the Memorandum of joint cooperation between UNI NLC Nepal and UNI MLC Malaysia to protect Nepalese migrant workers working in Malaysia and to strengthen the trade union movement in Nepal and Malaysia.
This MOU signed on 6 April 2017, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, among others calls for the “Promotion of the respect for the human rights and international labour standards namely freedom of association and collective bargaining, no discrimination at work, prohibition of forced labour, elimination of extreme forms of child labour” in both countries. The MOU draws reference from the purposes, principles and commitments enshrined in the ASEAN Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, and recommendations from the 4th to 9th ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour calling for inter-country trade unions collaboration to implement relevant measures to protect the rights of migrant workers.
Accordingly, this partnership will explore all possible ways for UNI affiliates in Nepal and UNI affiliates in Malaysia grouped under each Liaison Council to help Nepalese migrant workers in Malaysia to ensure that their rights are respected, and they enjoy a decent condition of work and fair terms and conditions of employment.