ILO Highlights Hidden Child Labor Issues in Antigua and Barbuda


Representatives of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) say child labor exists in Antigua and Barbuda, though there’s insufficient data to measure its extent.

At a recent workshop, the ILO provided guidance and highlighted that child labor takes various forms, including traditional practices.

Resel Melville from the ILO clarified the distinction between child work and child labor, emphasizing the harmful effects of prolonged or hazardous work on children’s development.

The ILO stressed the need for explicit data collection on child labor, noting that school abandonment, early dropout rates, and injuries among young people often go unrecognized as indicators.

The organization urged the government to establish a child labor policy, develop a national action plan, and identify hazardous forms of child labor, aiming to eliminate all forms of child labor by 2025.

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  1. What foolishness is this? Are they confusing Antigua Guatemala with Antigua and Barbuda? Where are underaged children working?

  2. young people in Antigua and Barbuda?
    Guess we all must have something to say…

  3. Foolishness. We have a school in every village. If the children are not in school it’s not because they are working, for sure. They must be confusing us with South America for real.

  4. That’s ludicrous! No! Emphatically NO! Not Antigua/Barbuda. That is total nonsense. The ILO need to apologize to the Government and People of our Twin Island State. ILO unless you can produce substantial evidence of your claim, it is foolhardy to make such accusations without reliable, substantial evidence of your claim. That article should be reminded.

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