June 13, 2007

Guest writer. Kaaronda Evalistus, NUNW’s General Secretary

The National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) is pleased to be associated with an idea as noble as this one. Child labour had grown over the past years and assumed unimagined global proportions estimated in 2005 at about 250 million children between the ages of five (5) and fourteen (14) of whom 120 million are said to have been employed on a full time basis. Whichever way one looks at it, child labour has the effect of depriving children their right to proper and sound physical, moral and intellectual development as they are coerced into taking adult responsibilities prematurely.

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June 12, 2007

Hans-Olof Nilsson, IUF President, Speech to Signing Ceremony WDACL

Director General, Deputy Director, sisters and brothers from the trade union movement around the world, representatives of governments and employers; of the ILO, IPEC and the other international organisations signing the Declaration today;
On behalf of the IUF, I welcome the decision of the ILO to dedicate this year's World Day Against Child Labour to elimination of child labour in agriculture. As the global trade union representing workers throughout the food chain we know only too well the scourge of child labour in many of our sectors.

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June 05, 2007

Adwoa Sakyi, president AWTG

Child labour in agriculture undermines decent work, sustainable agriculture and food security as it maintains a cycle of poverty where household income is insufficient to meet the needs of families – children work as cheap labour because their parents do not earn enough to support the family.

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