A Landscape Analysis of Rights of Fishing Industry Workers and Convention 188

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:25 PM
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation, Linklaters LLP, Visayan Forum Foundation
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According to the International Labour Organization, more than 30 million people worldwide work as fishers, over half of whom work full-time on board fishing vessels.

This report examines the existing rules and standards applicable to fishers and fishing vessels in Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, as well as at the EU level, the United States, Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and South Africa. It identifies the competent authorities charged with enforcing legislation or regulations impacting fishers; the responsibilities of fishing vessel owners; minimum age requirements; health and safety standards; fishers’ work agreements; the recruitment of fishers; fishers’ wages; social security provisions for fishers and coverage for work-related sickness/injury/death.

Each section of the report describes existing laws which protect fishers in the relevant country and identifies material gaps in legislation where the standards of ILO Convention 188 are not met. The report also addresses enforcement of the existing laws and standards.

Please find the link to the full report on the left. The Executive Summary can be downloaded here.  

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