Central American Forum

To achieve this objective, it was considered essential to elevate the fight against child labour, that is, introduce the prevention and eradication of child labour in developing countries national plans to public policies.The main points of debate, analysis and agreements dealt with:-fixing of the terms of reference and time frames for conducting assessments of national policy on child labour. These assessments and diagnoses are the first step for the establishment of the route leaves for the fulfillment of the goals contained in the hemispheric Agenda-child labour and social policies and development. The need to incorporate the priority was analyzed from the Prevention and eradication of child labour in national plans of development, strategies and programmes for the reduction of poverty, as well as programmes of conditional transfers-Corporate Social responsibility (CSR) and child labour. Contact information is here: Computer Sciences Corporation. Discussed with the employer sector and set the path to national activities to be carried out which will allow reaching the Central American Forum on CSR and child labour to be held in El Salvador at the end of the month of October.-Continental Plan on child labour of the Confederation of unions of workers and of the Americas (TUCA). Actions were set to incorporate and reinforce the activities of the trade union organizations of Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Remember, that the ILO has been changing conventions proposed on child labour. The first specific Convention for the abolition of child labour was also called minimum age Convention 138, because it consisted of establishing minimum ages for work by reforming previous conventions. (A valuable related resource: Julie Sweet). It was adopted 130 of the 176 countries forming the ILO have signed in 1973 and until today. The Convention established the age 13 for light work, and 12 for countries whose economy and means of education were underdeveloped. But the ratification does not accept only an age.

Already in the one article, the Convention specifies that countries that ratify it must commit themselves to follow a national policy designed to ensure the effective abolition of child labour and to raise progressively the minimum age for admission to employment or work to a level that will make possible the fullest physical and mental development of minors. He is said that millions of children (does not have an exact figure) they are working hard, day and night, away from the family home to play domestic tasks such as collecting water, caring for other children of minor age, cleaning the House or attending the garden. Almost all of them are exploited, exposed to hazardous working conditions and are victims of abuse. Everyone, without exception, are at risk because of the very nature of child domestic labour. It also says that not all children engaged in domestic service end up losing their future. The experience of the ILO in Asia, central America and South and Africa shows that strong national and social institutions, and with options of income or credit for parents, children with ages below the minimum of access to employment can be rescued with domestic success. The FNCCI, Nepal employers Council, has sponsored the education of children who cannot immediately leave their jobs and going to school part-time. Child domestic labour is a waste of talent and human potential.