Sectoral social dialogue
- Sea fisheries
Social dialogue in this sector covers (activities defined by NACE (Rev.2) code 3.11):
The EU is the world’s second-largest fishing power after China. It produces almost 7 million tonnes of fish, about 5 % of the world total.
Around 350 000 people work in fisheries, processing and aquaculture in the EU.
Industry challenges include:
- finding the right balance between fishing jobs and fish stocks, while promoting diversification and new forms of income within the sector
- increased competition from non-EU fishing fleets with lower social and environmental standards and the globalisation of the market in fish
- health and safety
- lack of harmonised standards on training and certification of fishermen
- ensuring decent living and working conditions on board fishing vessels.
The social partners aim to:
- reduce the high number of accidents at sea
- increase onboard safety.
The sectoral social dialogue committee for fisheries focuses on:
- following up the reform of the EU common fisheries policy
- lobbying for the transposition of the International Labour Organisation Convention on work in fishing
- following up measures under the integrated maritime policy
- monitoring the ratification of the International Maritime Organisation International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F),
- health and safety issues
- monitoring that the social clause is included in fisheries agreements and enforced in sustainable fisheries partnership agreements
- promoting decent work in fisheries
- making attractiveness of the sector attractive, in particular towards young workers.
Activities and meetings
Check the library entries for the sectoral social dialogue committee.
- Joint comments on the communication for a EU maritime security strategy
- Joint statement on the EU ‘de minimis’ aid rule in the fishery and aquaculture sector
- Joint opinion on the social clause to be inserted into Fisheries Partnership Agreements
- Joint position on the Regulation establishing specific conditions to fishing for deep-sea stocks
- Agreement on the transposition of the ILO Convention n°188 on work in fishing, now transformed in a proposal for an EU directive (29 April 2016) implementing the Social Partners' Agreement on the Work in Fishing Convention.