On the occasion of June 12th 2019, World Day Against Child Labor, the WFTU on behalf of 97 million workers in 130 countries all over the globe, once more denounces the inhumane exploitation of the children as cheap and docile labor force.
In an economic system where the survival of the big businesses and the maximization of their profits is the most important concern, child labor continues and is even intensified: Worldwide, 250 million children aged between 5 and 14 work, while nearly half of these children work in hazardous, dangerous jobs, such as in agriculture and factories.
Almost 75 million child victims of child labor are aged 5-11 years and are even employed in construction and mining.
It seems that the governments of both developing and developed countries, where child labour is also on the rise, forget to care about the most sensitive part of societies: the children of the working class and popular strata, who are the future and hope of each country and civilization.
Of course the truth is that they do not forget, but are indifferent to the consequences of child labor on the health and harmonious development of children, given that they should have to tackle exploitation, poverty and wars if a real solution was to be found.
Poverty aggravates due to austerity measures which followed the recent economic crisis in developed countries, while wars are waged in the framework of the antagonisms among the big imperialist states for the control of the wealth-producing resources of the countries. Wars and poverty are the main cause of migration and refugeesm, situation that puts the social situation of children at even higher risk.
As the world’s class-oriented trade union movement, the WFTU organizes with unwavering commitment our struggle for the abolition of child labour and for the total protection of ALL children’s rights:
– The children’s right to proper nutrition and healthcare, while the recent data are appalling with 10.000 children dying daily worldwide, because of lack of food and while hunger is responsible for half of child deaths in Africa.
– Public free and compulsory education for all children.
– Recreation and access to leisure activities that develop the children’s personality and talents.
We demand all the necessary measures to be promptly taken for the adequate protection of children from child labour, as well for the covering of all of their contemporary needs.