Global Seafood Assurances (GSA)   https://seafoodassurances.org/ believe that those working on fishing vessels should have safe access to a third party mechanism, to seek good advice, raise issues, hear grievances and resolve them. These types of mechanisms are often referred to as Worker Voice or Grievance Mechanism.

The GSA are carrying out a global project to understand what is meant by these and similar terms, as they relate to those working on fishing vessels, and further to collate evidence of mechanisms in place. This precedes a project in 2021 to build collective consensus on global best practice.

The first stage of this project seeks to collate different terms used in fisheries around the world similar to Worker Voice, or with similar meaning according to the user, and examples of mechanisms either in operation, or that have been piloted which fall under those definitions.

Key Traceability (www.keytraceability.com) are the dedicated team carrying out the research for this project. They will draft a white paper detailing the existing fishing worker voice definitions and meanings, as well as mechanisms identified. They are working with GSA and an expert Advisory Group.

It is important for the success of this project to find all examples of these definitions and mechanisms around the world and we are reaching out for your help.

Please answer the questions below. You will remain anonymous and your answers will be not be linked back to you, however, we may reach out to you if we have any follow up questions, if you are willing. 

This survey is designed to gather information on initiatives on Worker Voice, and similar mechanisms, that are available to those working on fishing vessels. 

Deadline for submissions: 17/08/2020. We thank you for taking the time to participate in this extremely important initiative and will ensure you receive a copy of the white paper on completion later in the year if you provide your email address.

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* 1. About you:

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* 2. Your role in the fisheries sector:

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* 3. Which top 5 seafood species do you trade/work with? Please select the top 5 from this list and add any further species or information in the text box below.

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* 4. Which top 5 countries' fisheries are you working with predominantly? Please select the top 5 countries in order and add any further information in the text box below.

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* 5. Do you recognise the term grievance mechanism, worker voice and worker empowerment as it might relate to those working on fishing vessels? If yes, how would you define it and what do these terms mean to you? 

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* 6. Are you familiar with any of the following terms? Tick which ones you are familiar with in general and for fisheries and fisheries workers (not including processing plants) and explain your understanding of what it means:

  In general In fisheries and fisheries workers (not including processing plants) Both
1. Worker Voice
2. Grievance mechanism
3. Grievance procedure
4. Hotline
5. Worker empowerment tools
6. Works committee
7. Collective organising
8. Worker feedback technology
9. Worker engagement
10. Confidential worker interviews
11. Freedom of association
12. Fish Worker Trade Unions
13. Complaints box
14. Due diligence tools
15. Participative management
16. Worker representative
17. Worker Committee
18. Social Dialogue

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* 7. With regards to fisheries, are you aware of terms which have similar meaning or intent as 'worker voice' or 'grievance mechanism' which are not listed under Q6? Please state the term, language and country you associate it with.

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* 8. Are you aware of any initatives or examples of worker voice or grievance mechanisms or other terms on fishing vessels / for fishermen? Please could you tell us about them

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* 9. Are you aware of legal or cultural challenges to the concept of these definitions for Worker Voice, grievance mechanisms or other terms as noted in a particular country or region? Please share details

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* 10. In the fisheries you work with (relating to the countries listed in Question 4), are you aware if crews have a grievance how they resolve this with the Vessel Owner? If you are unaware of a mechanism, please state 'unaware'

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* 11. In the fisheries you work with (as noted in Q4), do they have a worker representative to help them? Please state the country in which you refer to from your top 5 countries.

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* 12. Please share any other comments, thoughts, contacts, web links or relevant sources that you think may be important to this project findings and the white paper (including any literature, research or studies relating to this subject). 

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* 13. We would like to be able to contact you if we have further questions. If you are willing to be contacted please give us your contact details: phone, email, other:

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