Lao labour ministry calls for better protection of migrant workers

Oudone Maniboun addresses a regional labour ministers’ meeting via video link from Vientiane. - VT

VIENTIANE: The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has said Laos will partner with other countries in the region to uphold the rights of Lao nationals working in these countries.

Laos’ intentions in this regard were made clear during the 7th Senior Labour Ministers Meeting on the Portability of Social Security for Migrant Workers in the CLMTV Countries, which took place in Vientiane via video link.

The CLMTV grouping comprises Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Director General of the ministry’s Labour Management Department, Oudone Maniboun, said “Migrant workers play an integral part in both the sending and receiving countries. Our economic security has benefit tremendously from their labour and their security is now in our hands more than ever.”

The meeting discussed ways to better safeguard migrant workers’ rights, with country representatives sharing their experiences and making suggestions in addition to discussing practical issues relating to development in the CLMTV countries. - Vientiane Times/ANN

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