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Ministry Reports 121 Cases Of Child Labor In Fiji
Fiji authorities acknowledge help from ILO

By Felix Chaudhary

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 26, 2013) – The Ministry for Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment's child labor unit has registered and investigated 121 cases of child labor so far in Fiji.

In the process, the unit has recovered a total of FJ$8,370 [US$4,689] owed to the children concerned from employers nationwide.

This was revealed by Minister for Labour Jone Usamate at the Fiji National Child Labour Forum which began at Shangri-La's Fijian Resort and Spa yesterday.

"Two employers have been charged for employing children against the provision of the Employment Regulations Promulgation 2007 and Regulation 2008 and the matter is before the Employment Relations Tribunal for adjudication," he said.

"The unit is investigating two other cases of child labor and the charges to these employers will be laid very soon once the investigation concludes."

Mr. Usamate said the country's ability to effectively combat and address child labor would not have been possible without the assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Union.

Mr. Usamate acknowledged the assistance of the ILO in helping Fiji address child labor issues through the project Tackling Child Labour through Education (TACKLE).

"The TACKLE project led to the establishment of the Child Labour Unit within my ministry in June 2011," he said.

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