Ailing Economy Fuels Child Labour - UNICEF

13 percent of Zimbabwean children engaged in child labour, due to the demise of the country's manufacturing sector, according to UNICEF

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 13 percent of Zimbabwean children are engaged in child labour, due to the demise of the country's manufacturing sector.

Labour experts and economists state that parents and caregivers are forced to send their children to work in order to boost household incomes, following company closures, downsizings and retrenchments which led to the depletion of the manufacturing sector in that country.

"Children, together with women, are bearing the brunt of company closures that, according to findings by our retrenchment committee for the period from July 2013, have resulted in an average of 300 workers being laid off per week," states Japhet Moyo, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union's secretary general.

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Source: 
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