Leaflet – Understand workers’ rights aboard fishing vessels

This leaflet provides information on workers' rights, occupational safety and health at work for fishermen and fishing vessel owners.

The fisheries sector plays an important role in the development of Viet Nam, contributing to food security, poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods, economic growth and job creation in rural areas. However, workers on fishing vessels still face many challenges when working at sea, including: low wages, poor living conditions, lack of clean water and food, lack of safety equipment and long working hours. Due to the harsh working and living conditions on board, occupational accidents, diseases and fatalities for workers on fishing vessels are higher than for workers in general (VIFEP, 2022). The average annual death rate per 1,000 workers on fishing vessels is seven times higher than that for the total workforce. There have also been cases of labour exploitation, forced labour, discrimination and abuse of workers on fishing vessels at work.
Raising awareness among fishermen and vessel owners about labour rights, occupational safety and health when working on fishing vessels will contribute to reducing risks, improving working and living conditions for workers, and protecting them from exploitation and forced labour.
The " Understand workers’ rights aboard fishing vessels" leaflet provides information on workers' rights, occupational safety and health at work for fishermen and fishing vessel owners. This document was developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Viet Nam Institute of Fisheries Economics and Planning (VIFEP) and the Viet Nam National Syndicate for Workers Working in Fisheries, in consultation with workers, fishing vessel owners, tripartite constituents and experts. The document was funded by the European Union through the ILO's "Ship to Shore Rights South-East Asia" project.