New law set to improve foreign fishery workers’ rights

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/19
By: Chen Cheng-wei and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Dec. 19 (CNA) Foreign fishery workers’ rights will be better protected when the Act for Distant Water Fisheries comes into force on Jan. 20, the Fisheries Agency said on Monday.

Under the new law, the Fisheries Agency is authorized to establish rules managing local brokers and map out measures to protect the welfare and rights of foreign fishery workers hired to work on Taiwanese fishing boats, said the agency.

The agency was responding to media reports on the death of an Indonesian fishery worker on board a Taiwanese fishing boat, the Futzuchun, last year.    [FULL  STORY]

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