In responding the high cases of unfair treatment of Indonesian seafarers deployed by foreign fishing boats, a moratorium on the recruitment of Indonesian seafarers on foreign fishing boats, can be taken as a short-term solution, a Foreign Ministry official has said.
“The moratorium can be taken as short-term strategy,” Judha Nugraha, Director for the Protection of Citizens and Legal Entities Overseas at the Foreign Ministry, said as quoted by Antara.
According to Nugraha, the main challenge for the country is the illegal recruitment of migrant workers. He cited the moratorium on migrant workers obtaining work in the Middle East as an instance where in spite of a ban, workers were still moving out for employment illegally.
“Moratorium is one option, but it is not the only option. The root of the problem is far more complex than this,” he observed.
Nugraha highlighted some cases where the contract between seafarers and employers did not specify protection for Indonesian crewmen.
For instance, he said, there were no fixed working hours for the crew, and the skipper had complete authority to decide them. Some sailors disclosed that they worked for a minimum of 18 hours per day, he added. “There is a need to have standards and protections (laid down) in making the work contract,” he averred.