The ITF represents fishers to advance our rights, safety and working conditions. We work to create a fairer, safer, and more sustainable future for fishers globally. We do this through organising fishers and building union capacity, strategic campaigning and collective bargaining, and holding governments, employers and companies along seafood supply chains accountable for the safety, pay and labour standards of all fishers involved in catching their products.
Fishers and our oceans are under greater pressure than ever before, and fishing is one of the most exploitative industries in the world. Overwork, low pay, and unsafe working conditions are rife throughout the industry, and forced labour or slavery at sea is still commonplace. Seafood companies continue to prioritise profit above all, leading a race to the bottom and exacerbating conditions that are devastating for our oceans and many fishers.
RAISING INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS
SUPPLY CHAIN ACCOUNTABILITY
HUMAN & LABOUR RIGHTS
The ITF Fisheries Section works to eliminate labour rights abuse and exploitation through organising, collective bargaining, collective action, and solidarity with fishers globally. The ITF Fisheries Section consists of 91 affiliated unions in 59 countries, representing over 146,000 members.
Our vision is a world where fishers everywhere can:
- Legally exercise our right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
- Receive living wages and benefits for the dangerous and difficult work we do.
- Work in safe conditions.
- Are fully protected from labour rights abuses.
- Access effective grievance procedures and legal remedies.
Our goal is to raise standards in the fishing industry and stop the race to the bottom that exploits fishers, and damages our oceans and fish stocks. It is time for fishers to share equally in the massive that global seafood companies make off of our labour.
We work on several fronts to achieve our vision by:
- Supporting our affiliates.
- Activating and supporting organising programmes.
- Strategic campaigning across seafood supply chains.
- Developing, promoting and implementing national, regional and global collective bargaining and policy initiatives.
- Campaigning for countries to adopt and enforce the ILO Work in Fishing Convention 188 (C188)..
- Working with regulatory bodies to ensure decent work for fishers.
Our objectives across all of our work include:
- Developing and promoting global standards for the fisheries industry.
- Supporting fishers to form unions and build power.
- Promoting good working conditions and health and safety on board fishing vessels.
- Providing a platform for its fishers’ unions to connect and learn from each other.
- Building political or industrial leverage to advance fishers’ rights.
- Supporting collective bargaining in the workplace.
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Este informe de la ITF incluye una evaluación de los seis años que lleva vigente el régimen de trabajo atípico de Irlanda y, lo que es más importante, los cambios que consideramos necesarios para
The ITF Fisheries Section has 91 affiliated unions from 59 countries representing 146,000 fishers worldwide.