Ministry mulls ways to cut number of child workers

POVERTY and lack of interest in schooling have been cited as the main reasons why some minors work in small businesses and factories.

In Laos, it is estimated that more than 260,000 minors aged 15 to 17 are working to supplement their families’ income.

Director General of the Department of Labour Administration, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Phongxaysack Intharat addressed the issue on Tuesday at a meeting titled “Strengthened Implementation of the National Plan of Action to Eliminate Child Labour and Promote Decent Work Conditions for Youth in Laos”.

The plan of action has been implemented to help achieve Target 8.7 of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

He said about 70% of child workers were no longer in school.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Padeumphone Sonthany said the government had initiated a mapping, assessment and planning exercise to develop an action plan to strengthen child protection. — Vientiane Times/ANN

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