September 27, 2016

Thai Union's actions to address shrimp labour conditions recognised




Thai Union welcomes an Associated Press (AP) article highlighting the continuing labor issues in the Thai shrimp industry.


When AP ran a story in December 2015, first revealing labor conditions in peeling sheds deep within the supply chain, the company accelerated its plans to bring all shrimp pre-processing in-house where it could guarantee safe and legal employment in clean, comfortable conditions.


Thai Union no longer use any suppliers for shrimp pre-processing, a press release states. Instead, since January 2016, it has employed over 1,200 people previously working in pre-processing. They are guaranteed fair salaries, regular working hours with time off, voluntary and limited overtime, and the opportunity to earn bonuses. Studying the independent feedback that they shared with AP, Thai Union is satisfied that its efforts has improved the lives of workers.


However, as the AP article highlights, problems still exist within the Thai industry, the company added. While Thailand's regulation and support for trafficked workers have been commended, Thai Union recognises that more still needs to be done. For example, it is making significant efforts in traceability processes that enable it to prove that its seafood is legally and safely produced, and that safe labor conditions are met throughout the supply chain.


In addition, Thai Union will continue its work with the government, stakeholders and the wider seafood industry to improve the shrimp supply chain and ensure safe and legal labour for all workers.