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ILO adopts resolution to increase protection for migrant fishermen

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2 October 2017

ILO steps up moves to protect migrant fishers

Author: Maritime Executive

"ILO Steps Up Moves to Protect Migrant Fishers," 23 September 2017

The International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a resolution aimed at boosting protection for migrant fishers last week.

The resolution addresses matters such as close cooperation between U.N. agencies for a rapid implementation of international instruments, including a formal campaign to increase ratification of Convention 188, the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007. It also calls for the development of guidelines on labor recruitment and calls for member states to cooperate on criminal cases and abuses against migrant fishers.

The Work in Fishing Convention sets minimum requirements for work on board including hours of rest, food, minimum age and repatriation and has been ratified by 10 States (Angola, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Estonia, France, Lithuania, Morocco, Norway and South Africa). It will enter into force in November 2017...

Migrant workers can be particularly vulnerable to situations including: deception during recruitment; discrimination in employment; restrictions on freedom of association and collective bargaining; forced labor as well as to occupational safety and health concerns. Once on board, fishers may find the conditions of their employment contract not respected or their contracts substituted. They also face considerable challenges in accessing social protection, including health care and social security, due to their nationality, migration status, length of employment and residence and loss of entitlements in their home country...

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2 October 2017

International Transport Workers Federation welcomes ILO meeting's decision on migrant fishers

Author: Scoop

"ITF [International Transport Workers Federation] Welcomes ILO Meeting's Decision on Migrant Fishers," 23 September 2017

The ITF (International Transport Workers Federation) has welcomed today’s adoption by the ILO (International Labour Organization) tripartite meeting on issues relating to migrant fishers of a fundamental resolution on those issues. The resolution aims to address matters such as close cooperation between UN agencies for a rapid implementation of international instruments, including a formal campaign to increase ratification of Convention 188, as well as the development of guidelines on labour recruitment. It also calls for member states to effectively cooperate on criminal cases and abuses against migrant fishers. In the conclusions of the meeting, the tripartite discussion agreed that the promotion of decent work for migrant fishers is fundamental to providing a fair and healthy labour market in such a challenging industry.

Johnny Hansen, chair of the ITF fisheries’ section and the spokesperson for workers at the meeting, commented: "Today we moved a step closer to ensuring that migrant workers are better protected and considered equal to all other fishers..."

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