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Establishment of the Thai and Migrant Fisher Union Group

24 March 2018 (Readers 772)

The "Thai and Migrant Fisher Union Group and the "Labor Voices" hotline have been launched jointly by the public and private sectors, as well as civil society organizations.
The establishment of the Thai and Migrant Fisher Union Group is a step forward to enhance the legal protection, assistance and access to remedies for fishery workers. For the first time, representatives of both Thai and migrant fishery workers can be part of the process to protect their own rights.
The Union Group will help strengthen the fishery workers to be self-reliant and to make public demands for the betterment of their livelihood and welfare. It is also an important stepping stone toward an official establishment of a "Fishery Workers Union" in the future.
The Union Group also plays an important role in campaigning for the Government to provide better labor management policies and protection for fishery workers both in and outside Thai waters. The representatives of the fishery workers were pleased with the public sectors support for the setting-up of this Union Group because workers were the ones who knew the problems and could offer the best recommendations and solutions.
The Union Group is a concrete result of the push by "the Working Group on Labor Relations Promotion in Sea Fishing Operation, established by the Thai government and composed of representatives from both Thai and international organizations and NGOs, to deliver valuable advice to the Government. The Working Groups aims are to improve labor relations systems in sea fishing operations and to promote employees collective bargaining and organizations.
As for the Labor Voices hotline, it has provided services in four languages: Thai, Myanmar, Cambodian, and Lao since 1 December 2017. It is a joint effort between the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation and the private sector. The hotline acts as a complaint channel for both Thai and foreign workers, when there is violation of workers rights.
The Foundation will act as a moderator which receives comments, suggestions, and complaints from the workers and bring the matters forward to the existing mechanism of both the public and private sectors to properly address the problems.
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