Myan­mar drafts haz­ardous work list for chil­dren

The Myanmar Times - - News -

THE govern­ment has finished draft­ing the list of oc­cu­pa­tions in which chil­dren are not al­lowed to en­gage due to safety rea­sons, an of­fi­cial of the Min­istry of Labour, Im­mi­gra­tion and Pop­u­la­tion said on Tues­day.

The Labour Min­istry said some of the 20 in­dus­tries in which chil­dren will not be al­lowed to work in 108 kinds of jobs are agri­cul­ture and an­i­mal hus­bandry, con­struc­tion, ex­trac­tion of stone and min­er­als, petroleum and nat­u­ral gas, trans­porta­tion, fish­ing, gar­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing, and distri­bu­tion of elec­tric­ity.

“The Child Rights Law has been dis­cussed at Par­lia­ment. We will is­sue the in­struc­tions about the haz­ardous work lists… once the law comes into force,” U Nyunt Win, di­rec­tor gen­eral of Fac­to­ries and Gen­eral Labour Laws In­spec­tion Depart­ment (FGLLID), said at the cel­e­bra­tion of the World Day Against Child Labour.

No one is al­lowed to em­ploy chil­dren who are un­der 18 in the oc­cu­pa­tions in­cluded on the haz­ardous work list, he added.

U Oakar Thein, deputy di­rec­tor of FGLLID from labour min­istry said that they be­gan draft­ing the haz­ardous work list since 2015 ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tives of the ILO since Myan­mar rat­i­fied the 1992 Worst Forms of Child Labour Con­ven­tion in 2013.

ILO in Myan­mar said in a press re­lease on June 12 that over 600,000 from an es­ti­mated one mil­lion work­ing chil­dren in Myan­mar are still work­ing at the haz­ardous work that harms their health, safety and morals.

“A first pri­or­ity should be to keep chil­dren out of haz­ardous forms of work and im­prove the safety con­di­tions for those young peo­ple who are work­ing” said Rory Mun­goven, ILO li­ai­son of­fi­cer in Myan­mar said at the cer­e­mony.

In Fe­bru­ary 2018, the govern­ment has also formed the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for the Erad­i­ca­tion of Child Labour whose mem­bers in­cluded the vice pres­i­dent, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of key min­istries, worker’s and em­ployer’s or­ga­ni­za­tions as well as civil so­ci­ety, to en­sure the fi­nal­i­sa­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of Na­tional Ac­tion Plan on child labour af­fairs.

U Nyunt Win said the Labour Min­istry has been pre­vent­ing chil­dren un­der 14 years old from work­ing or be­ing asked to work by their par­ents or guardians.

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