Thai governments, for decades, have never treated the problem of forced labors and other serious allegations against its billion-dollar fishing industry as its primary concerns. Worse still, since the coup in 2014 Thailand’s ruling junta has constantly faced the mounting pressure at home and abroad.
In an attempt to get the EU yellow card on Thai fishery products lifted, civil society organisations, the private sector and the Labour Ministry have launched a union group of migrants in the fishing industry to increase workers’ bargaining power. On 18 March 2018, the Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation hosted a ceremony to launch the Thai and Migrant Fisher Union Group (TMFUG).
Thai police have reportedly filed a charge against the leader of a traditional fishery group for not notifying the authorities before holding a rally at Government House. The police last week summoned Sama-ae Jehmudor, President of the Federation of Thai Fisher Folk Association to hear charges at Nang Loeng Police Station on 22 February 2016, according to Banjong Nasae, Rak Thale Thai (Love Thai Sea) Association President. The charge under the 2015 Public Assembly Act carries a fine of up to 10,000 baht.