EU Sources - EU-wide legislation on working conditions in fishery - January 01, 2017

In October, we already reported that the Council of the EU intended to approve a proposal of the Commission which transposes a social partners’ agreement on working conditions in the fisheries sector. On 19 December, the Council of the EU formally adopted the EU Directive giving legal effect to an agreement negotiated by the European social partners to implement the ILO Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188). This Convention includes a comprehensive set of labour standards covering such issues as medical care at sea, written work agreements, mandatory crew lists, safety, health, food, accommodation, rest time and repatriation. Its provisions help prevent unacceptable forms of work, including forced labour, child labour and abuses in the recruitment and placement process. So far, ILO Convention No. 188 has been ratified by 10 countries, and both the Convention and the EU Directive will enter into force on 16 November 2017.


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