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Fighting child labour

Government pledges to safeguard informal sector

The Freundel Stuart administration on Friday vowed to crack down on child labour in Barbados, and to strengthen safeguards for workers in the informal sector.

The commitments were given by Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo at the conclusion of a three-day Inter-American Labour Ministers meeting at Hilton Barbados Resort.

She said Government intends to move towards the implementation of a data collection system to determine the extent of the problem of child labour in the country, and also plans to sensitize residents about the scourge.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo

Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo

“I did get some information on how we could go forward with data collection . . . . We know we have to start with the data and that is where I want us to start addressing the matter of child labour in Barbados, looking at evidence-based data collection so that we know what the problem is and how we need to address it,” said Dr Byer-Suckoo in her closing comments to the meeting.

“The dialogue will commence in Barbados on the matter of child labour and we’ll also be looking at legislation and policies in concert with our Social Partnership.”

The minister thanked the officials present for the experiences and ideas put forward at the meeting.

“Your offers of assistance will be useful and we are aware that the social and economic difficulties, as well as issues peculiar to undocumented migrants, can cause a surge in this problem of child labour. We do not want to bury our heads in the sand and say ‘well, we don’t have any data’,” she said.

Meanwhile, the minister said Government will be paying closer attention to the informal sector to ensure the workers are not put at a disadvantage.

This, Byer-Suckoo noted, was particularly important in light of the number of employees who have been retrenched.

“That is something we’re looking to address because we know that the informal sector is going to have to absorb a lot of our unemployed persons, but we want to make sure that they’re guaranteed a space for decent work, that they have social protection and so on,” she asserted.

“We are committed to decent work in Barbados, to full employment, to equity and inclusion and, of course, the eradication of discrimination. The political will is there.”

17 Responses to Fighting child labour

  1. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small September 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Find jobs for the kids

  2. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small September 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

    And there parents too to avoid having they parents sending there child to hustle spencer sheet to find a decent Sunday meal

  3. Anthony Small
    Anthony Small September 20, 2014 at 10:02 am


  4. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

    YES PLEASE DO ..stop sending home sponsor walk sheets from the schools and all those things that make our children go up to complete strangers asking for monies..putting they lives at risk….

    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria September 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

      smdh. You and anybody who likes your comment could only be an ass. Why? Because, the sponsor walk sheets are sent home to the PARENTS, who are to supervise the collection of funds. If you as a parent, give the sponsor walk sheet to your child and send it unsupervised to solicit funds from “complete strangers,” then YOU are the ones putting them at risk. The schools suppose to stop sending home sponsor walk sheets because some of you parents decided to stay home the day that the God Lord serve out common sense?!!!

    • Angel Blossoms
      Angel Blossoms September 20, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Sponsor walk sheets were not given to my kids on my advice to they form teachers.

    • Karin Russell
      Karin Russell September 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      A sponsor walk sheet is not child labour. Smh. Parents are the ones meant to fill those out to assist with raising funds. Any parent who actually sees it fit to send a child out alone collecting sponsor walk funds are retarded and want sterilizing.

    • Princess Tiny Neferua
      Princess Tiny Neferua September 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      And for anyone to believe that child labor is in bim is ludicrous ….that hardest thing children do is pick up after themselves…and sponsor walk sheets may not be child labor to you..but it’s a form of soliciting…. which is the greater of the two probably are one of those that can’t wait to get yourself that stamp pad to issue them…

    • Karin Russell
      Karin Russell September 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      To make assumptions, is to make an ASS of one’s self…. Pity how supposed grown folk cant make a point without trying to get personal or slinging insults… Smh

  5. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria September 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I have to take the time out to say this in this forum, because it seems to me some people and parents do not have any common sense:
    When your child brings home a sponsor walk sheet, YOU are to take it from them and either sign it and send it back empty (if you don’t want to help the school raise money that way,) or help your child collect the funds. The school does not expect you to send your child out on its own to approach strangers and beg for money.
    People sometimes create false sponsor walk sheets and send their children out to solicit funds. It is not the schools’ fault that people in general are fraudulent.
    My advice to you is: 1. do not give any child out soliciting funds, without a parent in sight, any money. 2. If an adult is the one who approaches you, examine the sponsor walk sheet, ask pertinent questions to determine as best as you can, if the sheets are valid before parting with your coppers.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The only child labour in Bim is chores. Gone are the days of going to the standpipe fill the bucket with water,cutting grass for the sheep, goat or cow. I never knew Bim had children working in sweat shops. When did this happen?

  7. Karin Russell
    Karin Russell September 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I still trying to figure out WHERE, WHAT and HOW these children are getting into child labour?

  8. Karin Russell
    Karin Russell September 20, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I still trying to figure out WHERE, WHAT and HOW these children are getting into this so-called child labour?

  9. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore September 20, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    hmm am gonna give her the number to a good hairdresser 😛

  10. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    You know what I admire so much about government and it’s entities…there are so much more pressing topics out there ….that the average citizen have to deal with..but to throw them off of what is really important…they come up with all these little topic to create debate and the the people wont focus on the greater matters at hand…..and then you have that little snitch..who stirs up trouble…..then declares *that’s none of my business”


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