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Issue No:75
  • :January
  • :2017

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
—a Native American saying

COMMENT

Towards Workplace Dignity


With the impending entry into force of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No.188) of the International Labour Organization, it is now up to governments to take it forward


A long wait is over in the fisheries world, which warrants well for marine fishers, in particular. With Lithuania becoming the tenth Member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ratify the instrument (see article pg. 4) the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No.188) will now come into force in November 2017.

Even before entering into force, the provisions of the C188—together with better fishing regulations to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing—have been improving the labour standards applicable to fishers on fishing vessels in countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, as evident from a recent Greenpeace report on human-rights abuses and illegal fishing in Thailand’s overseas fishing industry (www.greenpeace.org/seasia/PageFiles/745330/Turn-The-Tide.pdf). Vessels of Thai origin under different flags, arguably, employ the largest number of migrant fishers in the world.

Gap analyses undertaken by several ILO Members in view of ratifying C188 have led to identifying specific shortfalls in relation to the...

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