- While Asian economies boomed before the global recession in 2008, the fruits of that progress did not translate into better wages or secure employment conditions for workers in the region. The International Labour Organisation (ILO)'s Asian Decent Work Decade launched in 2006 was aimed at five priority areas of competitiveness, productivity and jobs; labour market governance; youth employment, managing labour migration and local development for poverty reduction.
- During the 15th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (ARPM) on social protection policies trade unions pointed to the unacceptable growing inequality in the region and said growth was not inclusive. The impressive economic growth had not translated into fair economic distribution like good living wages or effective labour market interventions
- Noriyuki Suzuki, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Asia Pacific
- Another area of concern was the 15 billion Asians living outside their countries and this formed one-fourth of the world's migrant population
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