ILO Programme. Combating the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Shrimp and Seafood Processing Areas in Thailand

International Labour Organization
The ILO Processing programme aimed to combat the Worst Forms of Child Labour in Shrimp and Seafood Processing Areas in Thailand.

The International Labour Organization is a specialist agency of the United Nations (UN). The project aims to create an industry that is free of child labour and offers decent working conditions and opportunities. This project ran from 31 December 2010 to 31 March 2016.

This 42-month project ‘Combatting Unacceptable Forms of Work in the Thai Fishing and Seafood Industry’ was funded by the ILO and the EU, and aims to address working conditions that deny fundamental principles and rights at work in the Thai fishing and seafood processing industry. A range of mutually reinforcing methods will be utilised to tackle unacceptable forms of work, especially forced labour and child labour, and to reduce and prevent the exploitation of workers. Methods will include: enhancing Thailand’s legal and regulatory framework in line with international labour standards, strengthening effective law enforcement on land and at sea, improving compliance through voluntary private sector initiatives, working with buyers in Europe, North America and Oceania as well as empowering workers and increasing their access to support services.

The project focussed its efforts in support of child labour and forced labour free decent working conditions and opportunities through the following areas of work: Knowledge base on child labour in the sector; Hazardous Child Labour; Child Labour Monitoring; Promotion of Good Labour Practices; Labour inspection; Occupational Safety and Health; Education; Livelihoods services.

Significance for seafood businesses:

A significant programme in Thailand. This is the International Labour Organization (ILO) working in partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Labour and the delegation of the European Union to Thailand.

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