A four day Child Labour Reporting with Legal and National Action Plan Preparatory Analysis on Child Labour in Liberia workshop has ended in Monrovia.
The workshop which was organized by the Ministry of Labour with sponsorship from the International Program for the Elimination of Child Labour (IPC) an organ of the International Labour Organization (ILO) brought together over 60 participants from line Ministries and Agencies of government which deal with child issues, Civil Society Organizations and International partners.
In their seven (7) counts recommendation to the Government of Liberia, the participants called on the government to domesticate into law ILO Convention 182 which talks about the elimination of the worst forms of child labour. Convention 182 was ratified by the Government of Liberia in 2002 but, is yet to be domesticated.
They called for the National Commission on Child Labour to be enacted into law and provided a budget for the commission to enable it carry out effective monitoring of child labour activities throughout the country.
The participants also recommended the ratification of ILO Convention 138 which talks about the Minimum age at work; and conduct of a national child survey on all sectors of the Liberia economy to establish level of the practice of child labour in the country.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the Assistant Labour Minister for Labour Standards, Atty. Rosetta N. Jackollie said the Government of Liberia is committed to eliminating child labour at all work places in the country.
She said in order to increase the awareness on the elimination of child labour at workplaces around the country; the Ministry of Labour has hired the services of a consultant on Child Labour to work along with the National Commission on Child Labour.
The Assistant Labour Minister promised that the recommendations presented by the participants of workshop will be carefully looked into for possible implementation in the interest of protecting abuse of children by both parents and employers.
She expressed gratitude to the organizer and participants for the successful conduct of the workshop and pledged her Ministry preparedness to working with all organizations and individuals in the fight to eliminate child labour in Liberia.
For his part, the Chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Labour of the National Legislature, Hon. Matthew Jaye said the issue of child labour is a global phenomenon and as such the Government of Liberia will attach seriousness to it elimination.
He promised that his committee will immediately put in place a framework to ensure that ILO Convention138 is ratify and the issue of child labour will be highly considered in the Decent Work Bill/New Labour Law currently before the National Legislature for passage.
The Senator however called on the participants to give government time to carefully address the recommendations from the workshop in the interest of all children in the Country.
Meanwhile, the workshop was held at the Embassy Suite, Mamba Point, Monrovia from May 21st to 24th, 2013.