13 Jun 2015

Fiji's Usamate says child labour needs to be eradicated

10:39 am on 13 June 2015

Over 173 cases of child labour have been recorded in Fiji over the last 4 years.

Fiji children

Fiji children Photo: AFP

FBC reports this was highlighted by the acting Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate while opening the World Day against Child Labour in Suva on Friday.

Mr Usamate says it is everybody's business to try and eradicate child labor in Fiji, and that child labour is not only found in businesses but also in our homes.

He says there are instances in our homes and communities where children have had to stay home and miss school to tend to family commitments such crop harvesting or looking after younger siblings.

He says this means children miss out on school, and don't get the development they need.