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Thailand set to be first Asian country to ratify Work in Fishing Convention

Thailand is set become the first country in Asia to ratify the Work in Fishing Convention C188, which sets basic standards of decent work in the fishing industry, said the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

Despite “obstructive tactics and attempts to derail the process by some sections of the fisheries industry”, Thailand’s national legislative assembly voted on Nov. 29 to ratify the convention. Without further opposition, it should be in place January next year.

EJF, which has been advising the Thai government on these issues since 2013, applauded the progress and urged Thailand to keep up the momentum for reform.

Thailand’s fishing fleet has, in recent decades, been the scene of slavery, physical abuse, human trafficking, and even murder of vulnerable migrant workers, it said. “Failure to act against these criminal operators led to global notoriety for Thailand’s seafood sector, as one of the most abusive and destructive economic sectors in the world.”

By setting international standards for decent work in the fishing industry, the International Labour Organisation’s Work in Fishing Convention (C188) is designed to eradicate these types of abuse. Earlier this year, the Royal Thai Government announced its intention to ratify this convention before the end of the year.

“However, industry representatives such as the National Fisheries Association of Thailand (NFAT) have been using aggressive and disruptive tactics to derail legislative reforms in a bid to avoid any regulation to protect workers across the fishing industry. NFAT has spread discord, disseminated misinformation and generally disrupted efforts toward much-needed reforms,” said EJF.

“NFAT has also reneged on its previous promises to cooperate with the government to eliminate human and labor rights abuses in the fishing industry.”

In 2019, Thailand will become chair of ASEAN, providing a “unique opportunity to demonstrate further leadership in the region, encouraging neighboring countries to follow suit”, it added.
Published on 30 November 2018


Govt to open one-stop fishery centres

The Labour Ministry will open special one-stop registration centres for fishery workers from neighbouring countries between Dec 3 and Jan 31.

The centres will also enable migrant workers who had previously registered but failed to renew their permits to re-register to legitimately work in the country, said Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo.

“Migrant workers who register through the centres will only be allowed to work in the fishery sector,” said Pol Gen Adul on Monday.

After registering their status with the centres, migrant workers would be granted permission to work for two years, but they would need to re-register every year.

The one-stop centres will also provide other services, such as medical checks, work contract examinations, retinal scanning, as well as the issuance of a temporary sea book, he added.

The Labour Ministry recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its Lao, Cambodian and Myanmar counterparts to bring in additional workers.

This scheme is in response to a request by fishery operators, who have asked for the government’s permission to recruit and bring in 14,000 workers from the three countries.

Out of the 14,000 workers, 9,614 have sent their documents to their respective embassies for acknowledgement, while another 1,772 have been granted work permits.

These workers need to have valid passports or other similar documentation issued by their countries, according to Pol Gen Adul.

Any operators who want to recruit workers from the three countries can lodge their requests at provincial employment offices in the 22 coastal provinces between Nov 15 and Jan 31, he said.

In a related development, Pol Gen Adul said migrant workers whose permits expired on Sept 30 can have their permits renewed for another two years.

So far, 6,082 migrant workers have asked for permit extensions.

Most of them are Cambodian workers, numbering 4,565, followed by 1,397 Myanmar nationals and 120 Lao.

Most of them work in Rayong, Trat, Chon Buri, Pattani and Songkhla, he said.


Source: Bangkok Post


Myanmar migrant workers warned of MoU hiring conditions

Myanmar migrant workers who want to find employment in Thailand must go through the conditions of a MoU signed between the two countries on October 4, the country’s Labour Department has announced.

The department warned workers who go to Thailand illegally that they could face a prison term or a fine.

A passport is not enough documentation to go to Thailand, the department said, Myanmar workers will be allowed to stay in Thailand only if they get a visa.

Workers using fake passport and documents will face one to 10 years in prison and minimum Bt10,000 to Bt200,000 fine. Migrant workers should go to Thailand through MoU signed between the two countries and through local employment agencies, the department said.

 The appointments of Thai employers must be submitted to the Thai Labour Department from Myanmar’s Labour Department.

Thai agencies can contact Myanmar agencies with the permission of Thai labour department.

Work permits must be submitted to the Ministry of Labour Employment, Immigration and Population through the military labour attaché. Then, the work permits must be submitted to the committee of education, health and human resources development. With the permission of the committee, the Thai employer, or a representative of the Thai employer, must go to Myanmar and sign the contract of the employer and the employee. If the visa is approved, the migrant worker will be sent to the work site together with the representative of the employer holding the labour identity card.

Source: Eleven Media (via the Nation)
Published on 6 October 2018

Thailand to legalise illegal fish workers

Thailand to legalise illegal fish workers

Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage.

This arrangement was reached when Thai Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo visited Myanmar on August 16, said U Thein Swe, minister for Labour, Immigration and Population.

This month, a migrant worker office will be opened in Kawthaung township, Tanintharyi Region, to process the documents of illegal fishery workers in Thailand.

After the illegal workers have been given the proper documents, the office will start processing workers whose temporary passports and identity certificates will expire, as well as workers whose entry visas will expire, so they would be able to continue working in their present jobs.

U Thein Swe said on Tuesday, however, that the sending of 40,000 more workers to Thailand’s fishing industry would start only after parliament approves the plan.

“Legalisation of illegal workers will start at the end of this month. After the government approves the transfer of more workers, negotiations will be held with Thailand, probably next month,” he said.

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation has submitted suggestions on ensuring the safety of Myanmar fishery workers in accordance with international standards and Thai regulations.

U Thein Swe said that sending fishery workers to Thailand under a memorandum of understanding would ensure more protection for Myanmar workers.

More than 100,000 Myanmar nationals work in the Thai fishing industry, including over 40,000 on Thai fishing boats. About 45,400 work in fishing-related industries and 58,700 in marine product factories.


Source: Myanmar Times

Published on 13 September 2018

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