They have been directed to sign a statement letter of deduction of salary for five months amounting to USD 100 for administrative costs of registration and departure
London. UK. / Indonesia. The prevalent issue of poor and abusive conditions for Indonesian migrant fishers continues to be highlighted internationally by local NGOs. Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) Indonesia has been sharing evidence gathered to further shine a spotlight on fisher’s working circumstances, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, which fail to reflect the safety and well-being intent of the likes of the ILO C188 Working in Fishing Convention and highlight failures to look after migrant crew when contracts are terminated
Crew and Vessel Safety Concerns
Mr. Abdi Suhufan, National Coordinator for DFW Indonesia has most recently highlighted his organisations’ concerns including the poor safety standards of fishing vessels. This results in Indonesian fishers being vulnerable to work-related accidents when carrying out fishing operations. Mr. Suhufan reflects that the high rate of accidents experienced by fishing boats evidences that work accidents regularly occur.
Between 1 December 2020-10 January 2021, 13 accidents were stated to have been experienced by fishing boats in Indonesian waters according to DFW. Consequently, the NGO is urging their Government to increase supervision, provide support, enable access to safety equipment, and ensure fishers and fishing boat crews participate in insurance programmes.
Repatriation requests from The Marshall Islands