By: Yang Su-min and Kuan-lin Liu
Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Responding to a demonstration against the abuse of migrant
fishermen in Taiwan on Thursday, the Fisheries Agency (FA) cited the many protections afforded foreign fishermen under the “Regulations on the Authorization and Management of Overseas Employment of Foreign Crew Members” that went into effect on Jan. 20, 2017.
Earlier that day an alliance of human rights groups called on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to address the long-term problem of abuse of migrant fishermen in Taiwan’s fishing industry in a protest in front of the Presidential Office.
FA Deputy Director-General Lin Kuo-ping (林國平) said several task forces report regularly on the work conditions of migrant fishermen in an effort to protect their rights.
Furthermore, the Regulations on the Authorization and Management of Overseas Employment of Foreign Crew Members introduced a number of improvements, including a minimum monthly salary of US$450, which is higher than the global average of US$300, Lin said. [FULL STORY]