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UK fisheries human rights and social welfare project begins

British charity Human Rights at Sea and The Fishermen’s Mission have teamed up on a new UK Fisheries Sector Human Rights and Social Welfare Baseline Project, the first stage of which has now started to explore social welfare provisions in the sector.

Asia tops child labour, human trafficking in global supply chains, report finds

A new report by OECD, ILO, IOM and UNICEF provides first estimates by international organizations of child labour and trafficking in global supply chains. The report finds the estimated share of total child labour in global supply chains ranges from 9% in Northern Africa and Western Asia to 26% in Eastern and South-eastern Asia.

Qatar ends kafala system with major labour reforms

As part of recently-announced labour reforms, Qatar is planning an end to the kafala system, marking a momentous step forward in upholding the rights of migrant workers. The reforms will mean removal of exit permits and non-discriminatory minimum wage for migrant workers by January 2020.

India addresses Indian seafarers’ human rights at sea

The Indian Government and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) are thriving in light of their newly launched ‘human rights at sea’ agenda, also following their first seminar on the topic held in Mumbai on 28 February 2019, and last week’s historic NHRC meeting in New Dehli on Monday 8 July co-organised with the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) think-tank.

DP World Australia calls for an end to docker strikes

Amid a recently announced strike of stevedores in major Australian ports, DP World Australia expressed its disappointment and called for an end to the escalating industrial action, ‘particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts’.

AMSA presents its workplace diversity

AMSA launched its Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2019-2022, highlighting its principles on equal employment opportunity to include targeted initiatives for groups who are less represented in the industry. AMSA is also a proud employer of people from other diversity groups including people with disabilities, people from CALD backgrounds and LGBTIQA+ people.

HRAS publishes podcast of abandoned seafarer

Human Rights at Sea published a podcast made by Second Engineer Vikas Mishra, abandoned on the UAE-flagged MV Tamim Aldar. The engineer has been abandoned for 33 months. The chief engineer discussed the problem of lacking tube and bunkers, meaning that the generators weren’t able to run for more than an hour a day, while the temperatures in the area were currently 40+ degrees Centigrade. 

ILO updates social contract with centenary declaration

ITF’s General Secretary, Stephen Cotton, speaking at the ILO’s centenary conference in Geneva, highlighted that ‘now is the time to assert authority as the global standard-bearer for labour rights.’ ILO agreed a centenary declaration designed to give all workers a floor of rights and protections in an ever-changing world of work. 

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