Migrant fishermen to be protected under revised regulations

Employers will be required to provide migrant crew members on fishing vessels with housing and food when on land

Taipei, Nov. 7 -- According to the Ministry of Labor's (MOL) amended "Foreign Worker's Living Care Service Plan," employers will in the future be required to provide migrant crew members on fishing vessels with accommodation and food when on land, an official said Tuesday.

The amendment, ratified in July and expected to take effect on Jan. 1, aims to protect migrant workers in the fishing industry after they were not initially included in the plan due to prolonged periods at sea, said MOL Workforce Development Agency official Hsueh Chien-chung (薛鑑忠).

The original service plan only included foreign workers employed in the manufacturing, construction and nursing sectors.

Based on the Regulations on the Permission and Administration of the Employment of Foreign Workers, the revised plan guarantees the rights of migrant fishermen to food and housing, personal safety, and consultation services in Taiwan, he added.

Employers who violate the regulation face a fine of NT$60,000-NT$ 300,000 (US$1,987-US$9,940) and will have their recruitment permits revoked or not renewed, said the MOL.