A daylong event of the World Day, “Creative Operational Campaign Against Child Labour in Hazardous Work,” was organized on 19th June 2011 at Tesco Lotus in Samut Prakarn Province, a neighbouring province of Bangkok. This public awareness raising seminar was co-organised by the National Council of Thai Labour (NCTL) and the Employers’ Confederation of Thailand (ECOT). There were more than 150 participants, half of them were children.
The objectives of this event were:
To boost both employers’ and workers’ awareness of the importance of co-operation on against the worst forms of child labour and warning children in hazardous work
To promote parents’ willingness and co-operation on providing their children with higher education
To build cooperation among children and youths enrolling in the project
To provide knowledge of working ideas to participating groups (employers- employees and children)
To promote action against child labour and in hazardous working conditions
The highlight of the event was the children’s performance. Children performed different scenarios that led them into child labour. After the play, there was a knowledge sharing session on Child Labour especially focused on hazardous work. Speakers were from the Ministry of Labour, ECOT, NCTL, and the ILO. The speakers touched upon the Thai labour laws that deal with child labour issues, definition of child labour, working condition especially in the shrimp and seafood sectors and in agricultural sector. They also talked about the role of workers and employers in helping to prevent the cause of the problem, as well as encouraged the participants to monitor the situations in their communities.