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The world history of child labor

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Soccer balls: unions welcome first step against child labour
ICFTU Online..., 17 February 1997. International trade unions have cautiously welcomed the announcement of a program to tackle child labour in soccer ball production in Pakistan - the first step in cleaning up the sporting goods industry, which is rife with child labour and abuses of worker rights; welcome is the central role of the ILO in the new program.
Codes of Conduct and Carmelita: The Real Gap
From Gerard Greenfield, Asia Monitor Resource Center (AMRC), 13 June 1997. Child sweat labor in the garment industry. U.S. Department of Labor Officials travelled to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India and the Philippines to study codes of conduct in the garments industry, and here is summarized its report.
Child Labour Protest at G8 meeting, the ugly reality of globalization
AFP, 21 June 1997. An alliance of pro-children activists and the AFL-CIO urged world capitalists at the G-8 Summit to stand up to western corporations that it said abuse workers and children abroad. Children bear the brunt of economic globalization, working in horrific conditions for little pay.
Foreign Policy In Focus: Child Labor in the Global Economy
By Terry Collingsworth, October 1997. Child labor is a serious problem with over 250 million children working around the world. Rather than globalization, the article suggests that poverty is an immediate reason why families send their child to work, and putting children to work in lieu of education condemns them to a life of poverty. The U.S. model program RUGMARK.
Global march against child labour - Latin American leg update
By Indranil Chakrabarti, 7 March 1998. The Latin American leg of the Global March started in Sao Paolo, Brazil on February 25th, 1998, and entered Uruguay on March 4th and on the 6th entered Argentina (in Spanish and English).
The road from work to school
ICFTU Report, 15 June 1998. International trade unions are finalising a new report into child labor in all continents and in several industrial sectors. Preliminary results are here detailed. Unions fear that if urgent and concerted action is not taken, child labour will become a permanent part of the global economy, as multinational companies, usually using complex subcontracting arrangements, profit from child labor and other labor rights violations without fear of exposure or penalty.
Campaign Starts To Make Homes Child Labour Free
Global March Against Child Labour press release, 19 January 2001. The Global March kicks off 19 January 2001 as a year-long crusade against a modern day form of slavery - domestic labor. The ILO has described domestic work as among the lowest status, least regulated, and poorest paid of all occupations--whether performed by adults or children (not re. globalization).
ICFTU launches a new global campaign to Stop Child Labour
ICFTU Online..., 3 April 2001. Governments and employers world-wide will be pressured into taking stronger steps to eradicate child labor or else face international criticism, says the ICFTU. Launch of a major two-year campaign in a fresh impetus to stop child labor that will involve all levels of the trade union movement and friendly non-governmental organisations. So far, promises by governments and multinationals have had no result.