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Labour reviews elimination of child labour

Labour Commissioner Mamohale Matsoso

Nov. 1, 2018 2 min read

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The review of implementation of the action programme on the elimination of child labour has come at the right time when the country is undergoing national reform. This was said by the Labour Commissioner, Mrs Mamohale Matsoso, during a two-day workshop of stakeholders where she invited participants to take an opportunity of the process to ensure that there are clear and improved policies which would be adopted by the country on child labour, especially regarding labour and employment.

“The policy must address the challenges of child labour and infringements of fundamental rights to education of children among others,” she said. A two-day workshop was organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE) with the aim to shed light on progress made to date on the implementation of Action Programme on the Elimination of Child labour (APEC) 2012-2017, and the strides made on the draft of an integrated national action plan for the next phase of the elimination of child labour.
Mrs Matsoso said convention No. 182 calls for ratifying members’ states to take immediate time bound measures to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. In response to this, she explained, the government of Lesotho led by the department of labour working in collaboration with other government ministries, labour federations, employers’ organisations and the civil society organisations have endorsed the National Action Programme on the elimination of child labour (APEC):2013-2017 as a framework to guide national efforts towards elimination of child labour especially its worst form.

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One of the participants, Mrs Maseephephe Matete, from MOLE, indicated that Article 1 of the convention, which is national policy, is designed to ensure the effective abolition of child labour. “The committee noted the government’s indication that the action plan for the elimination of child labour had been endorsed by the programme advisory committee on child labour and was still to be submitted to cabinet for approval,” she said. The workshop participants also discussed the significances of international labour standards, which are a mandate of International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) to promote rights at work, encourage decent work and strengthen dialogue on work related issues. Lesotho became member of the ILO from 1966 to 1971, and it resumed membership since 1980 to date. ILO brings together governments, employers and workers to set international labour standards, policies and programmes.

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