Consultation on Implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (ILO 188) into UK Law

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 12th January 2018

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention no. 188 (2007) came into force on 16th November 2017. It entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment (a fisherman’s work agreement) decent accommodation and food, medical care, regulated working time, repatriation, social protection and health and safety on board. It also provides minimum standards relating to medical fitness.

ILO 188 standards will apply to all fishermen working on commercial fishing vessels of any size. They apply equally to employed fishermen and non-employed (share) fishermen.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is seeking comments on proposals for how the Convention will be implemented into UK law. This includes 4 new draft Statutory Instruments:

Draft Statutory instruments

  • The Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) Regulations 2017
  • The Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) (Medical Certification) Regulations 2017
  • The Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2017
  • The Merchant Shipping (Work in Fishing Convention) (Survey and Certification) Regulations 2017

For more information and to respond to the consultation follow this link.

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