Migrants used as forced labour, charity claims

The Times  15 November 2017

Migrant workers on Scottish fishing boats are doing dangerously long hours in unsafe working conditions, according to a seafarers’ charity. Scottish fishing vessels are routinely using workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) as cheap labour due to a legal loophole that leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, the charity says.

Official data shows that almost 20 per cent of crew on the Scottish fishing fleet are non-EEA workers, primarily from the Philippines. Most use a transit visa to enter the UK, which allows them to work on vessels fishing more than 12 nautical miles off the UK coastline.

The Apostleship of the Sea campaign group says that “unscrupulous skippers” …

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