Negligence in promoting decent working conditions in the fisheries sector leads to reduced interest in joining the profession by the EU citizens. This in turn contributed to the increased employment in the EU waters of migrant fishers (from non-EEA countries) who often end up working in precarious conditions or even fall victim to forced labour. Due to the specificities of the fisheries sector (working offshore for long periods of time), it is often overseen by the regulatory and enforcement bodies, making migrant fishers especially vulnerable.
The Social Partners would like especially to draw attention to the issue of the international recruitment and placement of migrant fishers, as cases of abusive and fraudulent practices are still reality in the sector.
There is therefore need for practical guidelines for the vessels owners on how to ensure that the private employment agencies that they engage comply with human rights and international and EU labour regulations.
The contractor should draft the guidelines for the vessel owners on the decent recruitment of migrant fishers. They need to include:
Bids must be submitted by email to email@example.com by 19th of April 2019.