Side event on child labour in agriculture at the IUF 26th World Congress

The IUF and the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture organized a special side event on child labour and agriculture and the role of trade unions in eliminating this global ill.

 
“For the IUF the extent of child labour in agriculture and rural areas cannot be separated from the rural poverty and the lack of decent work in agriculture and rural areas.”
-Sue Longley, IUF
 
Around the world, most child labourers toil in fields, not in factories. Approximately 60 per cent of all child labourers between the ages of 5 and 17 work in agriculture, including farming, fishing, aquaculture, forestry, and livestock. This amounts to over 129 million girls and boys.
 
IUF is a very active member of the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture, which was founded in 2007 with the intention of mainstreaming child labour into existing activities of agricultural stakeholder organizations, including trade unions.
 
Child labour undermines the bargaining power of trade unions and may lead to the depression of wages, as well as the weakening of trade unions’ abilities to negotiate improvements in workers’ wages and conditions of service. Trade unions have an important role to play in discovering and addressing child labour in agriculture at the local, national and international level. The power of collective bargaining and social mobilization efforts reinforces the importance of trade unions in the global struggle to promote decent work for workers of all ages.

The 26th IUF World Congress will host a special side event on child labour and agriculture and the role of trade unions in eliminating this global ill. The side event will be chaired by Ms. Sue Longley, Coordinator of IUF and IUF focal point for the Partnership and will feature a presentation on the Partnership by Ms. Paola Termine, ILO-IPEC technical specialist on child labour in agriculture and secretariat for the Partnership. 
 
Following the presentation, the floor will be open for discussion on various aspects related to child labour in agriculture, as well as the exchange of good practices for strengthening the engagement of agricultural trade unions in eliminating child labour in agriculture, promoting decent work for youth, and breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
 
All delegates, observers, guests and partners are welcome and encouraged to attend the side event and share their experiences on this important labour rights issue.
 
Sandwiches and beverages will be provided.