THANK THE THAI GOVERNMENT

The Thai Government released on 30 November 2018 that they will ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention No. 188, 2007 (C188). This will elevate the standard of labour protection onboard fishing vessels to be in line with the international standard. It will also reduce the risk of labours falling into forced labour situations. C188 was created to ensure decent work for fishing workers, including setting the maximum working hours, ensuring quality of accommodation, food, drinking water and medical care, as well as carrying out inspections of working and living conditions on board the vessels.

There have been great struggles to get worker voice and collective bargaining for migrant workers in Thailand. This has not only disempowered the migrant workers but also increased their vulnerability to be trafficked and caught in slavery/forced labour. Human Rights workers in NGO’s have also been sued for defamation when they release findings from their research into human rights abuses on boats, in factories and prawn farms. It is a key form of harassment and makes for costly lawyer fees to defend themselves as well as overwhelming stress and anxiety. 

Police General Adul Sangsingkeo, Minister of Labour of Thailand

We thank the Thai Government for announcing on November 30th that they will ratify the International Labour Organization (ILO) Work in Fishing Convetion No. 188, 2007 (C188). We congratulate you on b ring the first Asian nation to do so.

As the Convention is upheld, we hope it will elevate the standard of protection aboard Thai fishing vessels for fishing workers. 

We would also respectfully ask that the Thai Government consider granting migrant workers the rights to form independent trade unions.

We know the Thai Government has stated they don’t agree with NGO’s being sued for defamation when they release media reports and research regarding human rights. We also respectfully ask that the Thai Government change the sections of the litigation/fraud laws which enable this.

We want to keep on purchasing Thai seafood products and these changes will give us peace that Thailand is developing and give us confidence to help support this by buying Thai seafood.