The need for social sustainability

01 Dec 2014
Europêche says that fishing must be transformed into a competitive, safe and attractive source of employment

Europêche says that fishing must be transformed into a competitive, safe and attractive source of employment

Europêche says that it will continue to push for a fair standard of employment under the Common Fisheries Policy aligned with International standards.

At a Plenary meeting held on 26 November 2014 Europêche, Cogeca and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) met with key players from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to try to lay down basic social conditions under EU law.

Ment van der Zwan, vice-Chair of the SSDCSF, said: “Fishing activities must be transformed into a competitive, safe and attractive source of employment that enable a fair standard of living for those who depend on them and ensure the viability of fishing communities. Only then ‘Social sustainability’ will be at the core of the Common Fisheries Policy.”

According to Europêche, various pieces of legislation are currently missing from EU law which is creating an unlevel playing field for EU fishermen.

The most pressing legislation that needs to be adopted at EU level is the IMO International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the context of Food-Security and Poverty Eradication and the ILO Work in Fishing Convention.

The organisations said that fast implementation of standards and guidelines in these International Conventions will lead to decent working and living conditions, job attractiveness, free movement of workers, development of professional training and contribute to global food security.

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