UN labour agency reports alarming number of children doing exploitive work

Ten years after launching a worldwide campaign against child labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) today issued a landmark global study showing that an alarming number of children are trapped in the worst forms of this abusive practice.”Despite the increasing commitment by governments and their partners to tackle child labour worldwide, it remains a problem on a massive scale,” said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “While there has been significant progress towards the effective abolition of child labour, the international community still faces a major uphill struggle against this stubbornly pervasive form of work that takes a tragic toll on millions of children around the world.””A Future Without Child Labour,” the ILO’s most comprehensive study on the subject, found that 246 million children – or one in every six aged 5 to 17 – are working, while one in every eight – some 179 million children aged 5 to 17 – is still exposed to the worst forms of exploitive jobs which endanger their physical, mental or moral well-being. Some 8.4 million children are caught in slavery, trafficking, debt bondage, forced labour, forced recruitment for armed conflict, prostitution, pornography and other illicit activities, according to the report.”The important thing that we’ve done in this report is to move from denial to awareness,” Mr. Somavia told a press briefing in New York. He stressed the need to ensure that parents are at work and children are at school. “If parents don’t have a job, access to employment, the possibility for income, inevitably there is going to be pressure on children,” he observed, calling for communities to establish “child-labour-free zones.”Based on its research, the ILO is calling for the approximately 111 million children currently doing hazardous jobs to be “immediately withdrawn from this work.” It is also recommending “urgent and immediate protection” for the additional 59 million youths aged 15 to 17, who must also be withdrawn from such work.The release of the report was timed to coincide with the General Assembly’s three-day special session on children, which is set to open on Wednesday. The study will also be discussed at an ILO meeting on 12 June in Geneva, when the agency plans to launch an International Day Against Child Labour aimed at stopping the practice. read more

Council tells residents they wont have bins collected because its too cold

first_imgacebook post by Renfrewshire Council  A Renfrewshire Council spokeswoman said general waste and recycling bins had been unaffected by the cold.She added: “The sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday night meant that a small percentage of food and garden waste contents were frozen solid and compacted in the bins and so could not be removed the following day.”This did not impact on general or recycling bins.”Every bin was lifted for collection and material collected as normal for the vast majority of bins. Where the contents from frozen bins could not be released, these will be picked up at the next collection date.” Another added: “This has to be a joke right??? By the time it reaches its destination it will be thawed out”.Temperatures across Renfrewshire on Wednesday dropped to -4C, although climbed to 2.3C by the afternoon.Zeb Harris commented on the post: “As an expat living in Mid Norway, our bins are emptied every two weeks. The temperature here are between -10 and -30C during the winter months. They don’t have problems.” A council has been criticised after it announced that wheelie bins could not be collected because of the cold weather. Renfrewshire Council claimed they were unable to carry out their routine collection of brown bins on Wednesday because the contents of the bins had frozen in the icy conditions. The bins, containing food and garden waste, are now expected to be collected at the next scheduled date in two weeks time. The local authority made the announcement on social media, writing: “Brown bins could not be collected today as their contents froze in the icy weather.”They will now be collected on the next scheduled date. Apologies for any inconvenience.”The Facebook post prompted many residents to question the decision, with one suggesting the council should “freeze council tax” instead. One post said: “My bins in a heated outbuilding so the contents are NOT frozen. Did you even open the lid of my bin and look”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more