Sunday, May 4, 2014

Myanmar vows to root out child labour by 2015

Myanmar will take steps to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by next year, according to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. 
The deputy minister, Htin Aung, said the government had signed the International Labour Organisatoin’s Convention No.182 on the worst forms of child labour and that this would put it into practice. 
Myanmar became a signatory to ILO Convention No.182 on December 18, 2013. 

ILO has announced that about 70 percent of the children across the country have to work more than a fixed eight-hour working period for not less than four days a week. ILO is planning to render assistance for children with few opportunities in society and underage children who were allowed to resign from the army after being forcibly recruited. 
The ministry has also signed the joint strategy for the elimination of forced labour. And under the strategy, it is also cooperating with the Ministry of Defence to push for having the child soldiers resigned from the army.

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