Ship to Shore Rights
Strategic PartnersThe project is governed by the Project Steering Committee, comprised of the ILO constituencies including the government, employers’ organizations, and workers’ organizations, plus civil society organizations.
The ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao PDR implements the Ship to Shore Rights Project with funding from the European Union (EU). The ILO is the only tripartite UN agency. Since 1919, it brings together governments, employers and workers representatives to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. Visit www.ilo.org for more information. ILO’s work in Thailand has for many years been oriented more towards rights issues (in particular, child labour and trafficking, the rights of migrant workers, discrimination, and freedom of association and collective bargaining). Visit ILO Thailand.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) of Thailand has authority primarily in labour administration and protection, skill development and the promotion of employment of people. Agencies under the MOL are as follows:
- Office of the Minister
- Office of the Permanent Secretary
- Department of Employment
- Department of Skill Development
- Department of Labour Protection and Welfare
- Office of Social Security
Key Project Activities in Collaboration with the MOL
- Ratification of the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention (P.29) and development of relevant legal framework and policy.
- Ratification of the Work in Fishing Convention (C.188) and development of relevant legal framework and policy
- Series of trainings for government officials, particularly the labour inspectorate, to more effectively identify and take action against forced labour and other labour rights abuses in the fishing and seafood sectors.
- Good Labour Practice (GLP) Programme
The Delegation of the European Union in Bangkok is one of over 140 EU Delegations around the world. The Delegation’s mandate includes promoting the political and economic relations between Thailand and the EU, informing the public of the development of the EU and supporting the implementation of the EU’s assistance programmes. This project is funded by the European Union. Visit eeas.europa.eu to learn more.
Employers’ OrganizationsThe employers’ and industry associations committed to the Good Labour Practices Principles:
The Thai Food Processors’ Association (TFPA) was established in 1970 as a private non-profitable organization designed to strengthen the food processing industry in Thailand. The Association currently serves nearly to 200 members ranging from small to large companies. The TFPA run by Board of Directors elected for a two year-term from its members. The TFPA has been conceded from competent government agencies such as the Department of Foreign Trade, to regulates the exporters of canned tuna to be a member of the TFPA. The Association also plays the supporting and recommending in roles in setting up both domestic food regulations and international food standard
Tel: 02 235 5622-4
The National Fisheries Association of Thailand was established in 1964 and consisted of executive board around 15 persons. There are 51 fishery organizations in 7 national, regional and sub-regional associations located in 15 province associations under supervision of 22 sub-district and district associations. This covers 5 fisheries cooperatives and 2 small-scale fisheries group.
Tel: 02 452 0571
The Thai Overseas Fisheries Association was established on 11 February, 1986 that aims to provide support for fishery enterprise that operate in foreign sea. With support from members, this will resolve problems encoutered by members, this will strengthen collaboration and experience sharing including opinions. The association is collaborating with government in providing support and improvement of standards at the international level.
Tel: 02 452 1264, 02 840 2116-7
Trade Unions & Civil Society Organizations
The State Enterprises Workers Relations Confederation (SERC) represents workers in public sectors: bank, transportation, energy and chemical, agriculture, utility and service sectors. SERC promotes and protects workers fundamental rights through campaigns on union rights, education on basic labour rights, and promotion of decent work among affiliates and partner unions and network. SERC campaigns for the ratification of ILO C.87 on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Rights to Organise Convention, and C.98 on Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention.
Tel: 02 537 8973
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is a democratic global union federation of 670 transport workers trade unions representing over 20 million workers in 140 countries working to improve the lives of transport workers globally. IN Thailand, the ITF Fishers’ Rights Network (FRN) organises and works with more than one thousand migrant fishers, assisting them in fighting for their rights, and developing a solid network of leaders and activist fishers who can fight for changes in the industry.
Tel: 074 314 262 (Songkhla), 077 810 217 (Ranong)
Stella Maris, as a worldwide Catholic mission, provides humanitarian assistance and welfare services to fishing workers, especially those in distress and in need of help. Stella Maris operates Seafarer’s Centers in Chonburi (Samaesarn and Sri Racha), Rayong, Pattani and Bangkok. All migrant and Thai workers are welcome to use these centers to receive access to health services, seek legal advice, and learn about rights and responsibilities of fishers under Thai laws.
Tel: 02 249 5779
The Human Rights Foundation and Development Foundation (HRDF) was established as a Foundation following the orders of the Office of the National Culture Council in 2000 by human rights academics and a human rights lawyers. One of the key objectives of the Foundation is to promote and protect human rights, democracy and peace through the HRDF Legal Aid Center and legal consultancy.
Tel: 02 277 6882 , 02 277 6887
Oxfam in Thailand has been working with partners at the local and national level to build an enabling environment for sustainable agricultural production of food and income security (including land reform, forest and coastal resources management and climate change adaptation) since 2001. For the long-term, Oxfam Thailand strives toward a vision of women and men living in a society that is free from inequality and poverty. The Goal is an empowered, promoted and supported civic network of rural producers, the urban middle class, women leaders and community leaders and members operating under the principles of equal rights to actively and innovatively influence consumer behaviors, improve community economics, facilitate sustainable development and promote peace.
Tel: 02 248 1003
The Migrant Working Group (MWG) was established in response to the injustice of the 2006 migrant registration scheme which installed a “bail” system. Since 2006, monthly meetings have been held to exchange information, analyze problems, identify policy issues and facilitate joint advocacy activities with government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) in three core areas: health, education and labour rights, with a goal that migrants in Thailand can enjoy/claim their rights, access rights protection, and have a quality of life with the respect of their human dignity without discrimination.
Project ContactILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia & Lao People’s Democratic Republic
United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Ave
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: +662 288 1766
Fax: +662 280 1735
Email: [email protected]