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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
Open this folder and view contents4. Alternatives to child labour
Open this folder and view contents5. Strategies to address child slavery
Open this folder and view contents6. Strategies for employers and their organizations
close this folder7. Trade unions against child labour
View the documentINTRODUCTION
Open this folder and view contents7.1 WHY CHILD LABOUR IS A TRADE UNION ISSUE
Open this folder and view contents7.2 HOW TRADE UNIONS ARE FIGHTING CHILD LABOUR
Open this folder and view contents7.3 WHAT A TRADE UNION CAN DO
View the documentBibliography on trade union action
Open this folder and view contents8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contents9. Action by community groups and NGOs
Open this folder and view contents10. Resources on child labour
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This chapter provides examples of action by workers and their organizations towards the elimination of child labour. The information is based on surveys, reports, journal articles and booklets produced by trade unionists who are engaged in the fight against child labour, as well as in activities under the ILO's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) and the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV). It is designed for trade union officials at the branch and local chapter level who are considering or planning to start concrete activities to promote the elimination of child labour.

Section 7.1 establishes why child labour is a trade union issue. Section 7.2 describes action already being taken in a range of industries and regions to tight child labour, and joint initiatives with other organizations. Section 7.3 focuses on the opportunities for trade unions to take action in their own industry or locality. These range from raising awareness among fellow workers, to specifying conditions in collective bargaining agreements or codes of conduct, and to lobbying for relevant legislation. They are presented in a ten-point action guide.

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