Coalition of fisheries leaders, maritime workers & employers call on EU to end forced labour in its waters

Author: The Fish Site, Published on: 16 May 2017

"Pressure to stamp out forced labour in EU waters" 12 May 2017

A resolution inviting the EU to end forced labour practices in its waters was signed by a coalition of fisheries leaders and maritime workers’ and employers’ representatives last week. Investigations executed by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)revealed serious infringements of fundamental principles at work and social protection rights of migrant fishers in a part of the EU’s fishing sector. The social partners expect the EU to ensure fulfilment by Member States of their obligations and to adopt guidelines for flag state and port state inspections to prevent such practices. At its Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee meeting the General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union (COGECA), the Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) strongly condemned the lack of actions from the EU to implement and enforce international agreements to protect migrant fishers working in EU waters. The inspections of the ITF found infringements in terms of, among others, intimidation and threats, retention of identify documents, withholding of wages and debt bondage...

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