Poor treatment of fishers ‘embarrassing’: lawmaker

BASIC NEEDS: Many fishing boats have neither toilets nor showers, and the EU has threatened sanctions if Taiwan fails to improve conditions for migrants, Jason Hsu said

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 11, 2019
By: Ann Maxon  /  Staff reporter

Many migrant fishers live in tiny, unclean spaces with no showers, Chinese Nationalist

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Jason Hsu, left, speaks as Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Man-li, right, listens at a news conference in Taipei yesterday, where they called on the Ministry of Labor and the Fisheries Agency to improve migrant fishers’s working conditions.  Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Party (KMT) Legislator Jason Hsu (許毓仁) and the Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union said yesterday, calling on the Ministry of Labor and the Fisheries Agency to improve their work conditions.

Union secretary-general Allison Lee (李麗華) said that on a recent visit to a fishing boat together with Hsu, she found that the migrant fishers lived in extremely cramped spaces.

“I could not believe what I saw. It could not even meet a person’s most basic needs,” Lee said.

The toilet stall was so small that users could not stand up and there was no shower or hot water, she said.

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