On Wednesday, the FLA joined other labor and human rights groups, American trade unions, investors, brands and retailers in appealing to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the eve of her trip to Central Asia. With as many as 1.5 million children being removed from school and forced to work in the cotton harvest, the group called on Secretary Clinton to raise with Uzbek President Islam Karimov the need to permit the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to enter Uzbekistan to inspect conditions in the cotton fields. Read the full article from the Cotton Campaign, and see the full text of our letter to Secretary Clinton, below. Read the rest of this entry »
On October 3, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor launched its annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. The report contains more than 140 country profiles, focusing on hazardous work performed by children. The report includes major findings on each central government’s efforts to address the worst forms of child labor; gaps in legislation, enforcement, policies, and programs; and proposed actions for each government to consider in addressing those gaps.
The DOL hosted a special event in support of the report launch, with Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Senator Tom Harkin, Ambassador of the Philippines Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., International Labor Organization – International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC) and others. The DOL announced grants totaling $32.5 million to organizations focused on eliminating child labor internationally.
The FLA commends the Labor Department for its ongoing efforts to combat child labor. All FLA company affiliates have agreed, as stated in the FLA Workplace Code, that “no person shall be employed under the age of 15 or under the age for completion of compulsory education, whichever is higher,” and FLA affiliated universities, NGOs and companies will continue working together toward the elimination of child labor in global supply chains.