A nation-wide fishermen's strike in Thailand entered its 10th day on Monday (25 March) with little sign of an impending settlement.
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Background: A nation-wide fishermen's strike in Thailand entered its 10th day on Monday (25 March) with little sign of an impending settlement.
Over 7,000 trawlers stopped fishing on March 15, when the Thai government refused to meet three basic demands of the fishermen.
Last week, the government conceded to two of the demands -- a tax cut on fishing equipment and the free export of fish meal. But a settlement has not yet been reached on the third demand for a reduction in the price of diesel fuel.
At Samut Prakan, one of Thailand's major fishing ports, the entire fishing fleet of 1,200 trawlers is left idling in the harbour. The municipal fish market, which normally offers an abundance of fresh fish each day, is closed.
According to fishermen at Samut Prakan, 19 miles (30 kms) south of Bangkok, the current price of diesel fuel has caused them to lose between 2,000 to 3,000 baht (approx. 40 to 60 pounds sterling) on each fishing trip.
The fishing industry in Thailand brings in about 1.2 million tons of fish and seafood annually. It accounts for more than 1,000 million baht (approx. 200 million pounds sterling) in foreign exchange through exports.