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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

5. Conclusions and Recommendations

Status of Convention

Barbados is obliged to ensure that its laws comply fully with the requirements of the Convention and that all measures are in place for the implementation of the Convention.

Policy

ILO Convention No. 138 requires Barbados to have a policy for the elimination and prevention of child labour. Unfortunately, although Barbados has sound national policies in areas connected with child labour, such as education, childcare protection, welfare, social security, labour administration and other social development, it is now in the process of developing a comprehensive policy and plan of action for the elimination and prevention of child labour and the worst forms of child labour.

The Committee which is formulating the policy and plan of action is not a Cabinet appointed Committee nor is it institutionally connected with other national Committees dealing with the Rights of the Child nor does it include Non Governmental Organizations. It is a standalone Committee. It is important that the profile of this Committee be enhanced and be connected with other national Committees dealing with rights of the child. A useful structure is the Belizean model where the Committee considering the formulation of policies on child labour is a Sub-Committee of the National Commission on Families and Children and headed by the Director of Labour Administration. Thus the policies are considered within a broader policy, administrative and institutional context which seeks to connect all programmes and institutions promoting the protection of the rights of the child within the society and within the family.

Legal Framework

Minimum Age for Employment

Barbados’ minimum age of sixteen (16) years) is too limited in its application to

industrial undertakings and ships.

Full compliance with

requires

an

amendment

to

the

Employment

Act

to

ensure

admission to employment to limited exceptions for a

of sixteen (16) years is applicable limited duration, if any).

ILO that

to

all

Convention No. 138 the minimum age for undertakings, (subject

Light Work

The Government of Barbados did not make any declaration on ratification of ILO Convention No.138 regarding any exception from the minimum age for light work. However, its laws permit work from age 14 for all areas of the economy except the industrial sector and on ships. This exception to the minimum age for employment is not

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