Support worker engagement by requiring effective grievance mechanisms and encouraging freedom of association and collective bargaining for all seafood workers
Provide access to effective grievance
Ensure that seafood workers are able to safely access trusted, effective grievance or worker voice mechanisms; ensure that safeguards exist to protect workers’ confidentiality and prevent retaliation, recrimination, and dismissal.
Prepare to respond to grievances or human rights abuses with time-bound corrective action plans. These plans should resolve the operational issues contributing to the grievances and reduce the likelihood of similar problems.
See Remediate for more information about remedying wrongs to workers.
Form partnerships with local stakeholders to resolve grievances and implement improvements.
If no grievance procedure is in place, review examples and determine structures that may work best for your company.
Uphold seafood workers’ right to freely associate and promote seafood workers’ access to collective bargaining through trade unions. In countries with legal limitations to the rights to associate and bargain, or in sectors with limited unionization (such as work on the high seas), other forms of association or collective negotiation may need to be encouraged and fostered.
Utilize worker committees, trade unions, and worker voice programs to solicit worker feedback even when a grievance has not been reported.
Encourage global government and regulatory alignment with the International Labour Organization’s fundamental principles and rights at work, including freedom of association and the right to organize and collectively bargain, through collaborations and advocacy.