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Supporting Decent Work in Asia - a regional programme, phase II

duration: 2 years 8 months (From 1 February 2012 to 30 September 2014)
budget: 6,466,355 EUR

Immediate objectives:
There are seven components, each with a defined immediate objective for the period:

Component I - Regional intervention
1. By 2014 the International advocacy of the Labour movement for labour law reform supporting the Decent Work Agenda including the right to organise, collective bargaining will be strengthened, and the problems pertaining to occupational diseases have been acknowledged by regional institutions, national employers and governments.
2. By 2014, the ASEAN Services Employees Trade Union Council (ASETUC) will play an institutional role as a regional sectoral social dialogue partner and represent services sectors trade unions and workers to contribute trade unions and workers’ perspectives in the decision making and consultation process of ASEAN in regards to sectoral labour-related issues.

Component II - Bangladesh - BILS
By 2014 BILS and its member organizations have increased their capacity to represent and advocate for protection of vulnerable groups in the labour market especially metal and construction workers as well as children and adolescents workers in hazardous sectors through improved implementation of the labour law and better tripartite mechanisms

Component III - Cambodia
The Cambodian Trade Unions have contributed to improved basic workers’ and human rights of the garment workers in Cambodia and to increased industrial peace.

Component IV - Nepal - NTUC-I / GEFONT & JTUCC
1. ITUC-NAC (NTUC-I and GEFONT) has contributed to improving the social security and better working conditions of poor workers in general and particularly within the informal economy in Nepal
2. Strengthened capacity of JTUCC to support social dialogue in order to stabilize industrial relations and industrial peace and democratic development in Nepal

Component V - The Philippines - ACIW, PSLINK, PELSPI, BFSSMI
1. ACIW has actively advocated for the rights of informal workers and contributed to the upgrading of skills of 975 workers, facilitated jobs to 2,000 workers, and provided social security to 9,000 workers in the informal economy.
2. By 2014, PSLINK has advocated for the implementation of improved national reform programmes on education, health, and anti-corruption contributing to better governance, promotion of quality public services, and poverty reduction
3. PELSPI and its member organisations from the business and labor sectors have actively advocated for employer – labor social partnership and contributed to securing decent work, productivity and competitiveness of Filipino workers and enterprises
4. BFSSMI has actively promoted and advocated for a safe and environment- friendly small- scale gold mining technology and contributed to providing social security and health insurance to 3,500 small scale miners.
5. To promote and strengthen social dialogue between employers and employees in order to improve the workings conditions, management and productivity, hence, contribute to a quality public service which can promote the economic, social and political development in the Philippines

Component VI - Women in the informal economy SEWA
1. SEWA has secured employment and income generation conditions for more than 55000 women in the informal economy and reduced the economic and social vulnerability of more than 20000 women in the informal economy in the Kheda and Anand districts.
2. Women in the informal economy in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal and Rajasthan have increased their potentials for better living conditions
3. Selected states (Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) in India is bringing the welfare schemes under Unorganised Workers Social Security Act into force

Component VII - Pakistan
By 2014 the labour movement in Pakistan has contributed to the socio-political stability and poverty reduction in Pakistan by promoting decent work, social dialogue and dispute settlement mechanisms.

Development objective:
By the end of 2015 the working and living conditions for children, women and men in both the formal and informal economy will have improved substantially by strenghtening the democratic institutions in the labour market and through the inclusion of the decent work agenda in the national labour legislation of selected countries in Asia.