Jordan updates strategy to reduce child labor

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AMMAN — The government will soon launch an updated national strategy to reduce child labor, said the labor ministry secretary-general, Farouq Al-Hadidi, according to Al-Ghad News.اضافة اعلان

He said a specialized team has recently finalized the strategy, which “is an operational plan”.

The comments came during Sunday’s launch of national events marking the World Day Against Child Labor, entitled “comprehensive social protection to end child labor”, sponsored by Hadidi on behalf of Minister of Labor Nayef Al-Istitieh. The world day, declared by the UN, is celebrated on June 12.

Hadidi said that reducing child labor requires concerted efforts of governmental and non-governmental entities, in addition to society, family, civil society organizations and employers in adhering to and implementing relevant legislation which safeguard children’s rights. He said that must include children’s right to education and to pull children out of the labor market, sending them back to school instead.

Hadidi called for further efforts by the government and employers to reduce child labor, and invited the participation of community groups, civil society institutions and the media.

The Ministry of Labor established a specialized section to deal with child labor issues since 1999. The Jordanian Labor Code is in line with international conventions in the field of combating child labor. It prohibits the employment of juveniles under 16 years of age. It specifically bans their employment in hazardous, burdensome or harmful work before they turn 18 years old.

Working hours should not exceed six, and a child should not work at night, during holidays, public and weekly holidays.

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