NO BONDED LABOUR: Tackling Human Rights Abuses Through Dialogue in Thailand

The case of slavery in the Thai fisheries and food processing industry caused shockwaves when it was uncovered. Following on from serious labour violations identified in a 2013 NGO report into the Thai tuna and pineapple processing industries, it led to significant collaboration of stakeholders to tackle the underlying root causes.

How is BSCI Taking Action?

Since then, BSCI focused on influencing the Thai government to implement and enforce stricter controls on labour conditions for workers in this sector. It also dialogued with key local stakeholders such as the International Labor Organization (ILO) to discuss areas for common actions.

At one such meeting, on 28 February 2014, BSCI and ILO held a meeting in Brussels to discuss the labour conditions in the Thai Fisheries and Food Processing Industry. The event brought together representatives from BSCI, ILO, the Thai government and the business sector, as well as other external stakeholders. Participants shared information on the current conditions of the large migrant workforce in the sector and discussed the initiatives developed to improve the situation in the country, such as those implemented by the Thai government and ILO’s Good Labour Practice (GLP) programme.