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World Day against Child Labour observed

Published Date: 2024-06-12

Nepal Trade Union Congress (NTUC), Department of Labour Relations organized a discussion programme on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour on 12 June 2024 in its central office in Kathmandu. Theme of this year's World Day against Child Labour was Let’s act on our commitments: End Child Labour!

The program was chaired by Vice-President, Department of Labour Relations and Deputy General Secretary Mr. Dev Dutt Badu and participated by the NTUC officials and representatives from affiliates and Kathmandu valley District Committees. The program chair also gave a brief presentation on the status of child labour in Nepal and activities carried out by NTUC in the past several years.

Resource Person of the program, ILO National Project Coordinator Mr. Narayan Bhattarai shared his thoughts on contemporary issues pertaining to the child labour in Nepal. He said that it is not only poverty but natural disasters, the marital separation, divorce and many other factors that have contributed to child labour in Nepal. Implementation of minimum wages could be one among various measures to stop child labour. Trade unions have also responsibilities to put pressure on government for the strict enforcement of minimum wage. Mr. Bhattarai also highlighted that the rehabilitation is necessary for those children who were forced to engage in the worst forms of child labour.

During the closing ceremony, Deputy General Secreary Mr. Baldev Tamang expressed concern on non-representation from trade unions while preparing Integrated National Strategy on Formalization. He also stressed on the need of establishing the Labour Desk in local level. Vice President Ms. Radhika Kuinkel spoke on the need of working continuously to eliminate child labour. Chief Guest NTUC Senior Vice President Mr. Tejendra Jang Karki expressed that the child labour practice was decreasing over the years with progress in the other aspects in the society including the growing awareness of the issue. He thanked the department of labour relations for organizing the program.

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