Launch of new project to combat unacceptable forms of work in the Thai fishing and seafood industry

The launch and signing ceremony of the EU-funded project, Combatting Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry.

The International Labour Organization (ILO), in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Labour and the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand, is launching a new project, “Combatting Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry”, on 17 March 2016, in Bangkok.

The 42-month project is funded by the European Union (EU) and the ILO. It aims to address working conditions that deny fundamental principles and rights at work in the Thai fishing and seafood processing industry.

A range of mutually reinforcing methods will be utilised to tackle unacceptable forms of work, especially forced labour and child labour, and to reduce and prevent the exploitation of workers, many of whom are migrant and in certain cases exposed to trafficking risks. These include enhancing Thailand’s legal and regulatory framework in line with international labour standards, strengthening effective law enforcement on land and at sea, improving compliance through voluntary private sector initiatives, working with buyers in Europe, North America and Oceania as well as empowering workers and increasing their access to support services. The issues of gender equality, good governance, private sector engagement and environment will cut across project strategies.