Jobs that help put food on the table and protect their families. In short, what the International Labour Organisation calls decent work. International Migrants Day is a day to shed light on the one million or more Thais who work overseas – those fishing in Malaysia, farming in Israel, or building in Qatar for example – but also on the more than three million migrants working in Thailand – in fishing, farming, or construction. Their labour makes a vital contribution to the Thai economy. In fact it is hard to imagine the growth or survival of these industries in Thailand without the labour of migrants. Let’s look at the fishing sector. Nearly 90 per cent of the 60,000 fishers in the Thai commercial fishing industry are migrants from Myanmar and Cambodia. The Thai government followed the ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention when setting standards in labour law for work in fishing – one of the world’s most arduous and dangerous occupations. … [Read more...] about On International Migrants Day, a sea change for Thai fishing?
The source said Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach was already informed of the results from the EU’s review of Thailand’s performance. A delegation from the EU visited Thailand last month to discuss anti-IUU efforts. “Two issues behind the EU decision to not upgrade Thailand’s anti-IUU ratings are fleet management and laws enforcement,” the source said. The EU apparently found discrepancies in boat categorisation at the Marine Department and expects to see strict laws enforcement, efficient management of administrative orders and clear timeframes. The source said the EU wanted Thailand to achieve visible progress within four months. Since 2015, Thailand has been slapped with a yellow flag for “shortcomings in its fisheries monitoring, control and sanctioning systems”. If the EU were to issue a red flag, Thailand’s seafood exports would be banned by EU members. Deputy Prime Minister … [Read more...] about EU still unhappy with Thai fishing
Migrant workers prepare for another fishing trip at a port in Samut Sakhon province, Jan 22, 2018. (Reuters photo) A survey of working conditions in Thailand's fishing and seafood industry conducted by the UN's International Labour Organisation has found that new regulations resulted in progress in some areas, including less physical violence, but problems such as unfair pay and deception in contracting persist. The European Union in April 2015 gave the kingdom a “yellow card” on its fishing exports, warning that it could face a total ban on EU sales if it didn't reform the industry. The military government responded by introducing new regulations and setting up a command centre to fight illegal fishing. The ILO report released Wednesday on “Ship to Shore Rights” recommends that the government strengthen its legal framework, ensure effective enforcement, establish higher industry standards and enhance workers' skills, knowledge and welfare. … [Read more...] about ILO finds progress in fixing Thai fishing industry abuses
The crew of 22 Thais and one Cambodian were detained and 500,000 kilograms of fish and other marine life seized. During a press conference in Bangkok, Pol Lt-General Jaruwat Waisaya, chief of the Office of Legal Affairs and Litigation, said the boat, captained by Pawit Kerdsuwan, had docked at Samut Sakhon’s Thachin Union Port to unload fish. SVG Fisheries Development Co had earlier made a request to authorities to allow the unloading. However, officials found that the boat only had a fishing permit from Puntland and also violated the catch limit of 270,000kg of fish, Jaruwat said. After Thai officials filed an inquiry, Somali authorities replied that the country had not authorised the boat to fish in its own waters and it was not registered in its system. Puntland is internationally recognised as a part of Somalia, although it declared independence in 1998. The boat was not equipped with the vessel-monitoring system that was legally required, Jaruwat added. Police proceeded … [Read more...] about Somali-registered ‘Thai’ fishing boat caught with double the permissible catch
KUALA LUMPUR: Trafficked into work and routinely abused, migrant fishermen in Thailand are still subject to forced labour despite efforts by the government to clean up the industry, advocacy groups said on Tuesday. Thailand's multibillion-dollar seafood sector came under scrutiny in recent years after investigations showed widespread slavery, trafficking and violence on fishing boats and in onshore processing facilities.The military, which took power since a 2014 coup, has rolled out reforms since the European Union in 2015 threatened to ban fish imports from Thailand unless it clean up the industry. But the advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says little has changed.Brad Adams, the group's Asia director, said the measures should have given consumers in Europe, the United States and Japan the confidence that Thailand's seafood does not involve forced labour."Yet despite high-profile commitments by the Thai government to clean up the fishing industry, problems are rampant," he added … [Read more...] about ‘It was torture’: Grim tales in Thai fishing sector