Turbulent Waters: Slavery in the Fishing Industry

Thursday 10th November 2016
1.00 - 2.00pm

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Lessons for improving labour standards and regulation in global value chains?

This event is co-presented by the Human Animal Research Network (HARN) and the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (SAPMiC) with the support of the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI).

While the most recent and widely reported cases of slavery in the fishing industry have occurred in Thailand, the use of slave labour is not restricted to that one national context. Slavery in the industrial fishing sector is a complex and widespread issue which has also occurred, for example, in Europe, Africa, and in New Zealand.

In 2011, migrant crew on board South Korean vessels fishing in New Zealand waters, hitherto exploited, abused and isolated, emerged as a significant actor to bring about a clear transition in the governance of the fisheries’ value chain. Their stories gave rise to campaigns, research and, eventually, legislation designed to bring to an end to practices aimed at exploiting and intimidating a vulnerable labour force. This presentation examines the events which led to legislative change and considers whether the case offer lessons for improving labour standards and regulation in global value chains more generally.

Dr Christina Stringer is an Associate Professor in International Business at the Department of Management and International Business at the University of Auckland Business School.  She specialises in global value chains with an emphasis on economic, social and environmental upgrading initiatives.  In particular, Christina’s research has focused on the fishing industry and labour and human rights abuses in this industry.  She has published in a range of journals including Competition & Change, critical perspectives on international business, Environment and Planning A, Global Networks, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Management Inquiry, Marine Policy and Thunderbird International Review.

More information or to RSVP:
Dinesh Wadiwel  | dinesh.wadiwel@sydney.edu.au