An estimated 211 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working around the world,according to the International Labor Organization. Although child labor is most common in the Global South, it is found throughout the world, including the US. Child laborers are often exposed to conditions extremely harmful to their physical and mental well-being.
Unions and grassroots groups are increasingly recognizing direct connections between worker rights and the fight against child labor. Recognizing child labor as a violation of children's and workers' rights, trade unions are joining with families and community organizations to combat child labor, to move children out of work and into school, and to support core labor standards. Historically and in today’s global economy:strong unions are an important protection against child labor. Also,when parents are able to improve conditions through effective unions, children are much less likely to have to work.Active struggles against child labor tend to strengthen unions and workers’ rights in general.
Many workers and unions in the U.S. and other countries are supporting efforts to end child labor by forging alliances with unions in other countries. These alliances work to achieve enforceable global labor standards, such as ILO Convention 182, and hold transnational companies accountable for labor practices.
Historical strategies still apply : Union and Community Organizing Free Education for All, Children Campaigns to Change Public Opinion, and Universal Minimum Standards.
STOP CHILD & FORCED LABOR !! THESE KIDS ARE THE FUTURE !