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.
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has gathered industry experts from South East Asia countries in Cape Town this week, to share knowledge in the development of safety and security for fishermen onboard fishing vessels.
HM Coast Guard presented a check list of compliance, highlighting the main requirements operators need to check in order to comply with ILO 188. ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention ILO 188, which came into force in the UK in December 2018, entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment.
Thailand is the first country in Asia to accept the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), that protects the living and working conditions of fishers onboard vessels. The Convention has specific requirements related to work on board fishing vessels, including occupational safety and health, medical care at sea and ashore, rest periods, written work agreements, and social security protection.
Thailand is set become the first country in Asia to ratify the Work in Fishing Convention C188, which sets basic standards of decent work in the fishing industry. On 29 November, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly approved proposal to proceed with the ratification of ILO Work in Fishing Convention No. 188, 2007 (C188).
The ratification of ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention (C188) would be a major step forward. The Convention sets minimum labor standards to improve the safety, health and medical care for workers on board fishing vessels, as well as ensuring they have the protection of a written work agreement and the same social security protections as national workers.
The first detention of a fishing vessel under the provisions of the International Labour Organization’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) has taken place in late June, involving a foreign 380 GT vessel in Cape Town, South Africa, following complaints by the crew about working conditions, ILO informed.
The Taiwanese government fails to protect migrant fishers – coming mainly from Southeast Asian countries – against human rights abuses, because of the lack of appropriate laws, transparency and labour inspection measures, the NGO coalition ‘Human Rights for Migrant Fishers’ has noted.
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