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Safety net failing migrant fishermen in Thailand by : PENCHAN CHAROENSUTHIPAN August 09,2019   |  Source: Bangkok Post

While the European Union (EU)'s decision to lift the yellow-card warning on illegal, unreported and unregistered (IUU) fishing indicates progress in the country's efforts to clean up the industry, migrant workers in the Thai seafood supply chain still face unfair employment practices.

This ongoing injustice was highlighted at a recent seminar organised by the Coalition for Sustainable and Ethical Seafood, which assessed the situation of migrant workers in the seafood industry following the EU's move.

Nattaya Petcharat, a representative of the Stella Maris Seafarers Centre Songkhla, said the centre still receives reports about accidents on fishing vessels, including instances of crew members falling overboard, adding that improving safety and working conditions on fishing boats is an urgent matter.

Oxfam campaign coordinator Chakchai Chomthongdee said crew members sometimes get no safety-equipment training before boarding boats, which makes their already hazardous work more dangerous.

He said it is the duty of authorities to ensure fishing crews understand how to operate the machinery safely.

Somboon Traisilanant, deputy director-general of the Social Welfare and Labour Protection Department, said random inspections by his department showed a significant


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