Fight against child labor to commence in 2018
The Labor and Social Security Ministry dubbed 2018 the year “to fight child labor” and prepared an action plan, according to the daily Hurriyet. In
2012, there were 890,000 workers aged between 6 and 17, while there is no data for subsequent years. Some 292,000 of those were 6- and 14-yearsold, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. While 44.7 percent of child laborers worked in the agricultural sector, about 24 percent were employed in industry. The ministry’s action plan, which will be in effect until
2023, envisages a strict ban on the employment of child workers in the agricultural sector, with the exception of non-paying work by children for their families. Employers suspected of hiring child workers will be inspected by authorities. Education Ministry officials will check student attendance records regularly to see whether children are in school. The main reason why children are forced to work is due to high levels of poverty and a large number of unregistered workplaces, the action plan said.