Foreign crew on deep-sea vessels want to be covered by labor law

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/27
By: Yang Shu-min and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Foreign fishermen hired to work on Taiwan’s deep-sea fishing ships, supported by representatives of a civic group, staged a protest outside the Council of Agriculture (COA) on Tuesday to demand that the Labor Standards Act apply to them.

The Taiwan International Workers’ Association and these foreign fishermen called a news conference outside the COA to draw attention to the lack of human rights afforded foreign fishermen working on deep-sea fishing ships and their desire to be covered by the Labor Standards Act to protect their working rights.

Two fishermen prepared a “sweatshop” seafood soup and presented a petition to drive their point home.

A fisheries official responded, however, that getting these workers included under the labor law would be difficult.    [FULL  STORY]

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