CHILD LABOUR CRACKDOWN
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has praised Brazil as a role model in cracking down on child labour and for setting an example for other countries, including Thailand, to follow.
Maurizio Bussi, director of ILO offices in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, praised Brazil at a recent forum in Bangkok.
The forum was held to share Brazil's practices with Thai labour inspectors and representatives of the Fishery Association of Thailand.
He said the key factors that helped Brazil thwart child labour were the determination of the government and politicians to abide by labour standards set by the ILO. The government allocated a substantial budget to solve the problem and all parties are helping eradicate it.
The state also urged all employers, workers and the civil sector to work together to deal with it, Mr Bussi said.
He said Brazil had succeeded in solving the child labour problem in its fishing industry, and was removed from the human-trafficking watch list as a result.
Brazil also encourages immigrant labourers to stand up for their rights.
Mr Bussi said labour inspections are an important measure in forcing employers to stay within the law.
Luiz Henrique Ramos Lopes, deputy director-general of Brazil's Labour Inspection Department, said his agency visited more than 260,000 business operators last year and found up to 67% had committed breaches. Brazil's labour inspectors are authorised to visit operators without notification, enabling them to reach child labour victims quickly.
Pakorn Amornchewin, director-general of the Department of Welfare and Labour Protection, said Thailand will adopt Brazil's inspection system so the country can be removed from the US's human trafficking watch list.
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