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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

Report / ILO C188

A Milestone Reached

The Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has received the required ratifications to enter into force

This article is by Brandt Wagner (, Head, Transport and Maritime Unit, Sectoral Polices Department, ILO

On 16 November 2016, shortly before World Fisheries Day, the ILO Work in Fishing Convention (No. 188) was ratified by Lithuania, bringing the number of ratifications to the ten needed for the Convention to enter into force in November 2017. The pace of ratification had been slow at first, but it has picked up following increased attention on the need to ensure better protection of labour rights of fishers and the recognition that the Convention is an important tool for putting such protection in place.

Like all of the ILO’s international labour standards, the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007, is backed by a supervisory system that helps to ensure that countries implement the conventions they ratify. States must report regularly to the ILO on the implementation of each Convention they have ratified, indicating not only whether national laws are in conformity with the Convention in question but also informing the ILO regarding what has been done to make sure the...

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