Despite the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand, Ship to Shore Right SEA has forged ahead with a second meeting of the national Programme Advisory Committee on 27 of September 2021.
The virtual meeting was co-chaired by Mr Niyom Songkaew, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Mr Giuseppe Busini, Charge d’ Affaires ai. of the European Union to Thailand. Representatives from Migrant Working Group and Fishers’ Rights Network highlighted the challenges faced by migrant fishers and seafood workers during COVID-19, measures taken to mitigate these, and fishers’ demands for non-discriminatory access to healthcare, vaccination, and improved quarantine conditions. The Ministry of Labour presented relief measures it introduced for workers .
The Committee highlighted the progress made since March, particularly the significant support provided to migrant workers in Thailand throughout the successive waves of the pandemic. Ship to Shore Rights SEA has supported delivery of emergency assistance in areas affecting migrant workers in the fishing and seafood processing sectors, as well as strengthening of workers’ capacity and organization in the country.