Measures already in place to protect migrant fishermen: FA
Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Responding to a demonstration against the abuse of migrant fishermen in Taiwan on Thursday, the Fisheries Agency (FA) cited the many protections afforded foreign fishermen under the "Regulations on the Authorization and Management of Overseas Employment of Foreign Crew Members" that went into effect on Jan. 20, 2017.
Earlier that day an alliance of human rights groups called on President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to address the long-term problem of abuse of migrant fishermen in Taiwan's fishing industry in a protest in front of the Presidential Office.
FA Deputy Director-General Lin Kuo-ping (林國平) said several task forces report regularly on the work conditions of migrant fishermen in an effort to protect their rights.
Furthermore, the Regulations on the Authorization and Management of Overseas Employment of Foreign Crew Members introduced a number of improvements, including a minimum monthly salary of US$450, which is higher than the global average of US$300, Lin said.
The government is working to further increase wages for migrant fishermen, so that they will be on a par with the salaries of migrant workers in Taiwan and ultimately the same as those guaranteed by the labor law.
Crew members are entitled to at least 10 hours of rest each day, and a minimum of four days off each month, Lin added, noting that captains should respect the fishermen's need to observe special religious holidays.
Crew members are also covered by insurance and entitled to transportation reimbursements to and from their home country.
The FA emphasized that if any ship captains or owners violate these rules, crew members can file a complaint with 1955 (for domestic calls) or +886-2-8073-3141 (for international calls).
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