Export of fishery workers to Taiwan resumed
By Li Dapeng (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-05-19 09:03
The Chinese mainland has formally resumed the export of fishery labour
services to Taiwan after a four-year-long suspension, a Ministry of Commerce
official announced yesterday.
The first batch of mainland fishermen will
set out today to Taiwan from Pingtan Island of East China's Fujian
It follows meetings between the two sides to agree on
requirements and details of the fishery labour co-operation agreement, such as
salaries, said Wu Xilin, director of the External Economic Co-operation
Department under the Ministry of Commerce at a press conference in Fuzhou,
capital city of Fujian.
"This is an important component of the
cross-Straits trade co-operation," Wu said.
"However, the legitimate
interests of mainland fishermen could not be effectively protected during the
past four years.
"Conflicts frequently occurred due to the absence of a
functional cross-Straits fishermen co-operation mechanism."
suspension, many Taiwan organizations contacted mainland counterparts, hoping
that the mainland would resume co-operation, said Diao Chunhe, director of the
Fishery Labour Co-operation Co-ordination Committee for the Two Sides of the
The mainland has been actively creating opportunities for
restoring the export of fishermen to Taiwan and pushed forward negotiations
between the non-governmental fishery associations across the Straits, said
So far, the mainland has signed co-operation agreements with three
Taiwan fishery organizations.
"One of the key contents of the agreement
is how to protect the legitimate rights of mainland fishery workers," said
He told reporters that the agreement stipulates the minimum monthly
salary standard for the fishermen, which will be at least US$280 for new
fishermen and US$320 for experienced ones.
Taiwan fishery managers are
also required to buy life and medical insurance for each mainland fisherman. The
employers and workers must also sign a uniform labour contract.
to the agreement, a series of systems should be established to handle possible
emergencies and complaints from fishermen.
Officials revealed that the
mainland is expected to provide more professional training programmes to fishing
workers in the near future.
"We do hope the Taiwan authorities give a
positive response and support to the resumption of the fishery labour
co-operation to make it run smoothly," said Diao.
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