Proposal for Guidelines on flag State inspection of working and living conditions on board fishing vessels

The proposed Guidelines have been prepared by the Office for consideration and possible adoption by a Meeting of Experts to Adopt Flag State Guidelines for the implementation of the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) to be held in at ILO headquarters in Geneva from 21 to 25 September 2015. They aim to assist States and others in effectively exercising their jurisdiction and control over vessels that fly their flag by establishing a system for ensuring compliance with national laws, regulations and other measures through which Convention No. 188 is implemented. Convention No. 188 requires States to have, as appropriate, inspections, reporting, monitoring, complaint procedures, appropriate penalties and corrective measures, in accordance with national laws or regulations. These Guidelines also provide information on promotional measures that might be implemented as part of a compliance strategy aimed at improving the living and working conditions of fishers.