ILO calls on Bangladesh to make more efforts to root out child labor

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-12 23:13:51|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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DHAKA, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Marking the World Day against Child Labor which falls on June 12, the International Labour Organization (ILO) urged the Bangladeshi government to make more efforts in eliminating child labor.

With reference to the country's latest National Child Labor Survey, the United Nations agency said "there are 1.7 million child labor in Bangladesh of whom about 1.28 million are trapped in hazardous forms of child labor."

The ILO said it continues to advocate with the Bangladesh government for the ratification of ILO Convention 138 concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment.

According to the ILO statement, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a statement on Wednesday, reiterating the commitment of her government to eradication of all forms of child labor by 2025.

"Bangladesh formulated a National Child Labor Elimination Policy in 2010 and developed a national work plan and committees that are monitoring child labor related activities at national, divisional, district and sub-district levels," she was quoted as saying in the statement.

As part of ILO's technical cooperation with the Bangladesh government, ILO said child labor monitoring was piloted from 2016-2018 in several remote rural areas in the northwest part of the country.

A total of 144 Community-based Workplace Surveillance Groups (CWSG) were formed in parts of the country, the UN agency added.

To mark the World Day Against Child Labor 2019, ILO Country Director in Bangladesh Tuomo Poutiainen said "Bangladesh is progressing well in its journey to become a middle-income economy and major efforts have been made to address child labor."

"Decent work for all cannot be achieved without the elimination of child labor. It is important to continue to provide good basic education, skills and address safe work for youth. ILO's experience in tackling child labor has shown that a combination of legislative regulation, progressive labor market and youth employment policy, access to social protection programs and quality education are required for the effective elimination of child labor."