Legally Binding: A Summary of Labour Laws in the Greater Mekong Subregion (2012)

Legally Binding is a concise guide to understanding labour standards according to the national labour laws of the 6 GMS countries. Labour protection has been classified into 14 key elements, with relevant international laws also included. It is essential to gain an understanding of the labour protections available to migrant workers according to each GMS country’s national labour laws for two main reasons: firstly, to enable policymakers and advocates to have informed discussions about labour protection; and secondly, to strengthen bilateral and/or regional collaboration and coordination in promoting and protecting the rights of migrant workers.

MMN hopes that in addition to promoting understanding of existing labour standards in the region, this handbook will also help migrant advocates to identify relevant labour laws that they can then use in responding to labour rights abuses. MMN believes that all workers – including migrant workers – must be afforded equal labour protection.

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