Forced labour in Thai fishing: global unions lodge ILO complaint

Author: International Transport Workers' Federation, Published on: 17 February 2016

12 Feb 2016

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) have…submitted a case to the International Labour Organization (ILO) against the government of Thailand. It relates to breaches of ILO Convention 29 on forced labour in the Thai fishing industry. Thailand signed the convention in 1969.

The two global union federations assert that despite the Thai government having taken a number of positive steps in recent years to repeal obsolete legislation and introduce new sector-specific laws, it continues to maintain a regulatory framework that allows for forced labour and human trafficking by Thai fishing vessel owners. It is also failing to ensure that systems are in place to allow the protections of the law to be enforced effectively…

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