News Feed

September 21, 2014 - Kraigg Brathwaite, wily Warrican top Super Cup averages Kraigg Brathwaite, wily Warrican to ... +++ September 21, 2014 - Seven injured in ZR accident Seven injured in ZR accident The dr ... +++ September 21, 2014 - St Michael man charged St Michael man charged A St Michael ... +++ September 21, 2014 - Four wounded in stabbing incidents Four wounded in stabbing incidents ... +++ September 21, 2014 - Defeat for Tridents Defeat for Tridents Experienced sea ... +++ September 20, 2014 - Government moves to strengthen laws for seafarers Government moves to strengthen laws ... +++ September 20, 2014 - Hundreds join clean up effort Hundreds join clean up effort   ... +++ September 20, 2014 - Windies women top Championship table Windies women top Championship tabl ... +++ September 20, 2014 - Fighting child labour Fighting child labour The Freundel ... +++ September 20, 2014 - Don’t rush to legalize marijuana Don’t rush to legalize marijuana ... +++ webdesign

Minister issues child labour warning

Minister issues child labour warning

Byer Suckoo cover

by Carol Williams

Child labour could begin rearing its head in Barbados due economic conditions and rising unemployment.

That warning was issued this morning by Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, who has called for residents to be on the alert and to take action to stamp out the problem before it gets a foothold in the country.

Speaking at the annual Silver Dollars for Children 2014 event at Heroes Square organised by the Kiwanis Club, Dr Byer-Suckoo noted that a study done several years ago indicated that the scourge does exist on the island.

“We have to be on the lookout. In difficult times with employment rising, there are some parents who may be tempted to engage their children in certain activities, including certain trades [like] drugs and sex. This happens in many parts of the world and we cannot say it cannot happen here,” she said.

“If we should see that rearing its head in Barbados, if we see children on the streets to ply various trades…we need to call the attention of the authorities to that activity and we need to do whatever we can to stamp out that activity.”

The labour minister said while Barbados does not have legislation specific to child labour, it has signed on to the ILO convention 182 which addresses the issue.

She added that it is difficult to determine the extent of the problem in the country due to almost non-existent data.

 

One Response to Minister issues child labour warning

  1. Katharine Clarke-Weekes
    Katharine Clarke-Weekes May 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    …”economic conditions and rising unemployment” that you help caused. Go deal with issues at hand and stop picking at scabs. Stupseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>