Ship to Shore Rights

ILO Indonesia strengthens its tripartite coordination to ensure decent work in fishing and seafood processing sectors

The meeting bolsters collaboration between the government, employers’ and workers' organizations and civil society organizations to ensure decent work for Indonesian migrant fishers and seafood processing workers in Indonesia.

News | Jakarta, Semarang, Medan, Bali and Manado, Indonesia | 24 August 2023
Workers at a fishing port, Indonesia. © Mi Zhou/ILO
JAKARTA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Union (EU), and tripartite partners including government, workers’ and employers’ organizations in Indonesia took part in the National Project Steering Committee (NPAC) meeting on 7 August 2023. The meeting discussed key milestones in their joint efforts through the EU-funded Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia (S2SR SEA) programme to ensure decent work for Indonesian migrant fishers and seafood processing workers.

Held annually, the NPAC meeting provided strategic guidance to the committee members to ensure effective coordination in programme implementation and that the programme implementation remains aligned with the national priorities.

Michiko Miyamoto, the Director for ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste, delivered her opening remarks together with Prasidha Aharsa, the Coordinator of Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperations of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower. As the Chair of the NPAC meeting, Aharsa acknowledged the support of the Ship to Shore Rights South East. In his remarks, he said “The programme has been instrumental in improving working conditions and the protections for Indonesia workers in fishing and seafood processing sectors. This is strategic to Indonesia as the Chair of the ASEAN in 2023. We will continue to work with the ILO to ensure decent work in these important sectors.”

Mi Zhou, the Chief Technical Advisor and Albert Bonasahat, the National Programme Coordinator of S2SR SEA programme presented the progress of the programme implementation at both national level and at regional level. This included the issuance of the Ministry of Manpower’s Decree to establish a harmonization team for laws and regulations in the fishing Sector, which was developed with assistance from the ILO through the EU-funded Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia programme.

“Labour migration, including in fishing and seafood processing sectors, is an important issue in the region and in Indonesia, particularly with regard to Indonesian migrant fishers. EU is delighted to support the work in these sectors in Indonesia, as well as in South-East Asia through the Ship to Shore Programme,” said the Co-chair of the meeting, Saiti Gusrini, Programme Manager for Human Rights and Democracy of the European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam.

The meeting also placed an emphasis on strengthening coordination between relevant ministries and capacity to better respond to transnational challenges and forced labour issues, and strengthen the capacity of stakeholders to ensure more compliance with the ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188).

“The ILO’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) is crucial to achieve decent work for all women and men workers in fishing sector. The ILO looks forward to the continued, strong collaboration with the Indonesian stakeholders and the EU to realize decent work for all women and men workers, both in Indonesia and on board fishing vessels abroad,” reiterated Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director for the ILO Country Office for Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

The NPAC meeting concluded with the adoption of workplan for 2024, which focuses on the following issues:
  • Strengthening labour inspection system including the joint labour inspection system
  • Improving coordination among relevant government institutions and improve harmonized regulations in Indonesia fishing sector; and
  • Strengthening workers’ organization and improving participation of employers’ organization in implementing fair recruitment of Indonesian migrant fishers.

Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia is an initiative of the EU and the UN, implemented by the ILO in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the overall objective of promoting regular and safe labour migration and decent work for all migrant workers in the fishing and seafood processing sectors. The programme addresses the characteristics of working in the fishing and seafood processing sectors as well as the barriers and risks present during migration, which can lead to unsafe migration, decent work deficits, abuse and forced labour.

More information

Albert Bonasahat
National Programme Coordinator for Indonesia, Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia programme
Email: bonasahat@ilo.org

Pichit Phromkade
Communications Officer, Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: phromkade@ilo.org