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Thailand becomes first Asian nation to approve new labor standards for fish workers

Without further opposition it should be in place in January.

Thailand is set become the first country in Asia to ratify the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention C188, which sets basic working conditions standards for the fishing industry.

"Despite obstructive tactics and attempts to derail the process by some sections of the fisheries industry, Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly voted today to ratify the convention," said the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF).

Without further opposition the new standards should be in place in January.

The EJF, which has been advising the Thai government on workers' rights issues since 2013, applauded the move and urged Thailand to keep up the momentum for reform.

Earlier this year, the Royal Thai Government announced its intention to ratify this convention before the end of the year.

However, industry representatives such as the National Fisheries Association of Thailand (NFAT) opposed the move and sought to prevent its implementation.

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