25th September 07:36 AM
Fiji aims to achieve a child labour free society
By Jessica Savike
Sunday 10/06/2018
International Labour Organisation Director for the Pacific Donglin Li[Photo:Samoan Observer]

A child labour free society can be achieved if stakeholders and members of the society join hands in the elimination of child labour as it is everyone’s business.   

This was highlighted by the International Labour Organisation Director for the Pacific, Donglin Li at the commemoration of the 2018 World Day Against Child Labour.

Li says Fiji is well advanced in the eradication of child labour in the Pacific and this is due to the ratification of the International Labour Organisation core Conventions and policies implemented by the government through the Ministry of Employment.

He adds that Fiji has released a list of hazardous forms of child labour and raising more awareness in this area is crucial to prevent these, for a happy future.

Li has also urged other Pacific Island countries to learn from Fiji to also release the list of worst forms of child labour for the implementation of child labour policies in their countries.

Li says a child labour free society is achieved through political will, policies in place, public awareness, prevention, protection and punishment or prosecution.

He adds that from the International Labour Organisation’s point of view, it will always support the Fijian Government to be the leader in the Region and also in the world.

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