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Barbados commits to elimination of child labour by 2025

PICTURED: Honourable Esther Byer-Suckoo, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development of Barbados (right) hands over the signed agreement for the Regional Initiative – Latin America and the Caribbean free of Child Labour to José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (right) as OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro looks on (centre).

BARBADOS HAS become the ninth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to commit to a regional initiative to free Latin and America and the Caribbean of child labour by the year 2025, Caribbean 360 reports.

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo symbolically handed over the signed agreement to the Regional Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, during the Organisation of American States (OAS) XX Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labour held last week.

This now brings the total to 28 participating countries in the initiative that seeks to accelerate the rate of reduction of child labour in the region and by 2025 to eliminate all forms of child labour, the ILO said in a statement.

It added that: “the adhesion of Barbados reflects the commitment and importance attributed by the Caribbean countries to the tripartite collaboration and partnership among governments, and employers and workers organisations, as the region works towards achieving Target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda”.

According to Caribbean 360, Barbados has so far ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as ILO conventions 138 on the minimum age for admission to employment and 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.

However, while 16 is the minimum age established for employment, official estimates done in 2014 suggested that the incidence of child labour, involving minors between five and 14 years of age, was 3.5 per cent.

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