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ILO Worry Over Child Labour Here

  A research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) revealed that some Fijian children had been involved in child labour. International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) and
21 Nov 2015 10:26

 

A research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) revealed that some Fijian children had been involved in child labour.

International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) and Pacific Sub-Regional Child Labour and Trafficking programme co-ordinator Marie Fatiaki said this was of great concern.

During the Inter-Agency Child Labour Forum at Takia Hotel in Labasa yesterday Ms Fatiaki told participants that the minimum age for employment should not be below the age of 15.

“This year we interviewed 186 children and we found out that the main reason they were in child labour was poverty,” Ms Fatiaki said.

“Our research in 2009 also revealed that children were engaged in child labour because of poverty and we have not resolved it.

“The minor reasons are school dropouts, peer pressure and their own choice of work.”

She said some were involved in prostitution, commercial exploitation, hazard working environment and illicit activities.

“Children in child labour were actually involved a lot in the informal sector,” Ms Fatiaki said.

“Our focus in this forum is to urge and encourage stakeholders to protect children who are working.

“Our response is not necessary to withdraw children back from work force, but to protect them, improve their working conditions and to give them options to grow in terms of training towards decent work,” she said.

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