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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO, 2000, 356 p.)
close this folder7. Trade unions against child labour
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View the documentTrade unions strengthen their capacity to address child labour issues
View the documentTrade unions support children, their families and communities
View the documentTrade unions raise awareness on child labour issues
View the documentTrade unions gather and disseminate data on child labour
View the documentTrade unions include child labour concerns in collective bargaining agreements
View the documentTrade unions advocate for codes of conduct
View the documentTrade unions work in partnership with NGOs, employers' organizations and governments
View the documentThe international trade union movement plays a major role


Trade unions are involved in the fight against child labour, working as individual unions, with national trade union centres and international trade secretariats, or with the support of international confederations. Trade unions are also closely involved in inter-agency cooperation. They are among the key players in every country where ILO-IPEC supports activities to eradicate child labour. Each IPEC participating country has a National Steering Committee on child labour in which workers' organizations are represented. A distinct contribution of trade unions is their quick dissemination of ideas within a country, through the extensive networks that they have established. Trade unions are involved at strategic and practical levels of operation by strengthening trade union organizations in combating child labour, carrying out surveys on child labour, raising awareness and taking direct action to prevent child labour and withdraw children from work in workplaces and communities.