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Advancing International Labor Rights in Malaysia

duration: 1 year 11 months 11 days (From 26 August 2020 to 5 August 2022)
budget: not communicated

The Solidarity Center (SC) is proposing a 24-month project to advance the rights of Malaysian workers and trade unions, with emphasis on migrant and women workers, to take advantage of the current opportunity for the advancement of human rights in Malaysia. Project activities will include a combination of trainings, advocacy and technical engagement in negotiations and policy development. It will also focus on furthering stakeholder engagement and strengthening relationships between unions and CSOs, as well as tripartite relations between unions and CSOs, and their counterparts in government and industry. The project has been designed with a regional focus, with the majority of activities taking place outside of Kuala Lumpur, in areas selected based on the population density of migrant workers and on the type of industry.

Global Objective 1: Improve the internal capacity of unions, CSOs and other worker organizations, broaden their membership base and strengthen their democratic and equitable representation of members

Project-Specific Objective 1
: Increase the capacity, density and diversity of Malaysia’s trade unions, with a particular focus on migrant and women workers and advance better coordination and cooperation between all unions, worker organizations and CSOs.

Global Objective 2: Strengthen the ability of unions, CSOs and other worker organizations to defend worker rights and interests by using existing mechanisms (eg: CBAs/Employers Agreements, laws, ILO Conventions, Commissions and Courts) and advocating for necessary changes

Project-Specific Objective 2
: Increase the ability and coordination of advocacy of lawyers, CSOs, worker organizations and trade unions to capitalize on existing and new labor law reforms to advance policy, test cases, engage supply chains, industry and government and provide widespread legal assistance to all workers, Malaysian nationals and migrant workers.