"Unions and grassroots groups are increasingly recognizing direct connections between worker rights and the fight against child labor. Recognizing child labor as a violation of children's and workers' rights, trade unions are joining with families and community organizations to combat child labor, to move children out of work and into school, and to support core labor standards. Historically and in today’s global economy:

strong unions are an important protection against child labor when parents are able to improve conditions through effective unions, children are much less likely to have to work active struggles against child labor tend to strengthen unions and workers’ rights in general Many workers and unions in the U.S. and other countries are supporting efforts to end child labor by forging alliances with unions in other countries. These alliances work to achieve enforceable global labor standards, such as ILO Convention 182, and hold transnational companies accountable for labor practices." This is a statement from the child labor education project.

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As with all things, the abolition of child labor will take time and powerful cooperation. The projects and programs thus far have been helping many children find there way out of the oppression, but it will take years before the issue can fully be resolved all together. Though as the issue grows, so do the solutions, so there is much hope in the matter.

UN calls on Ghana to tackle child labour - Focus

UN calls on Ghana to tackle child labour - Focus

Local Perspective

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In Canada there are legislations in place banning the use of child labor.The Federal Government allows for the employment of children under the age of 17 with the provision that work be “unlikely” to endanger health or safety. Children are not permitted to work between the hours of 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. The vast majority of legislation over employment standards rests with the provinces." [1]
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