International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | History | India | Volume 5 Issue 1, January 2016


A Brief History of Trade Union Movements and Social Consciousness towards Child Labour Eradication in Karnataka

Dr. Paul Newman [2]


Abstract: Workers' organizations have been the historic pioneers in promoting international labour standards, including those on the prohibition of child labour. It was workers' organizations in the 1860's that first called for campaigns against child labour. Child labour remains an affront to the objectives of trade unions everywhere and is therefore a key entry point for developing workers' organizations. As mass membership organizations, trade unions bring many strengths to efforts to eliminate child labour. Collective bargaining - as part of social dialogue - is one of the main trade union strategies to combat child labour. According to the ILO C.182, trade unions can play an important role in helping to develop the national list of hazardous child labour. Through its members, a trade union can bring together hazardous work definitions and practices and identify where such types of work exist, to help with the compilation of the national list. The national list of hazardous child labour states what forms of work must not be carried out by children below the age of 18, focusing on work which by its nature, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children. Similarly, trade unions can help to disseminate information on, and raise awareness of, the national hazardous child labour list and promote its implementation. National trade union centres can distribute information on the list to their sectoral trade union member organizations. Sectoral trade unions can then distribute information to their local members and workplace representatives. The paper tries to explore the ways how the two largest trade unions of Karnataka have responded towards trying to end the menace of child labour.


Keywords: Child labour, Trade union, Movement, Organization, Policy


Edition: Volume 5 Issue 1, January 2016,


Pages: 2049 - 2052


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