7.2 HOW TRADE UNIONS ARE FIGHTING CHILD LABOUR
Trade unions are involved in the fight against child labour, working as individual unions, with national trade union centres and international trade secretariats, or with the support of international confederations. Trade unions are also closely involved in inter-agency cooperation. They are among the key players in every country where ILO-IPEC supports activities to eradicate child labour. Each IPEC participating country has a National Steering Committee on child labour in which workers' organizations are represented. A distinct contribution of trade unions is their quick dissemination of ideas within a country, through the extensive networks that they have established. Trade unions are involved at strategic and practical levels of operation by strengthening trade union organizations in combating child labour, carrying out surveys on child labour, raising awareness and taking direct action to prevent child labour and withdraw children from work in workplaces and communities.
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