ILO standards on migrant workers
There are international labour standards that are specific to the rights of Migrant workers. These are especially crucial in cases where MDWs are excluded from the national labour laws and by extension from critical labour and social protections.
ILO Conventions on migrant workers’ have two main Principles:
–> Equality of opportunity and treatment with respect to employment and occupation aims at ensuring equal access to employment, vocational training and education, job promotion and advancement, job security, and equal pay for work of equal value and conditions of work. Ensure that workers’ performance is rewarded according to productivity and merit, taking into account the objective characteristics of the job (e.g. skills, knowledge, responsibilities, working conditions), and without interference of considerations unrelated to merit (e.g. sex, race or religion).
–> Combating discrimination at work – including any distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin which has the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment in employment or occupation (for which there is no objective or legitimate justification).