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Alarming

Felix Chaudhary
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

THE Ministry for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment's child labour unit has registered and investigated 121 cases of child labour so far.

In the process, the unit has recovered a total of $8370 owed to the children concerned from employers nationwide.

This was revealed by Minister for Labour Jone Usamate at the Fiji National Child Labour Forum which began at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa yesterday.

"Two employers have been charged for employing children against the provision of the Employment Regulations Promulgation 2007 and Regulation 2008 and the matter is before the Employment Relations Tribunal for adjudication," he said.

"The unit is investigating two other cases of child labour and the charges to these employers will be laid very soon once the investigation concludes."

Mr Usamate said the country's ability to effectively combat and address child labour would not have been possible without the assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Union.

Mr Usamate acknowledged the assistance of the ILO in helping Fiji address child labour issues through the project Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE).

"The TACKLE project led to the establishment of the Child Labour Unit within my ministry in June 2011," he said.