Mixed Reviews for Fishing Reforms

Worker abuse in the Thai fishing industry may be less violent, but abuses persist, found a UN survey of Cambodian, Burmese and Thai workers.

After facing a ban on EU fish exports for its unsavory practices, Thailand’s military government introduced reforms to clean up the industry.

The UN found boat workers with written contracts increased from 6% in 2013 to 43% in 2017. Reports of physical violence dwindled, but 12% of workers still reported verbal abuse. But workers’ identity papers are still withheld by employers, and deceptive recruiting tactics remains common. A third of workers reported earning less than minimum wage.

AP via The Washington Post

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