Labourer Versus Worker Essay

4083 words - 16 pages

Labourer Versus Worker

Child Worker is often mistaken for Child Labour. Child Labour is when
children under the age of 15 are engaged in harmful work due to some
economic reason. Child labour is the intolerable and exploitive work
that children are forced to work in. on the other hand, 'Child Work'
is a child's participation in Economic work-that does not affect the
child's health, development and interfere with education. Child Work
is not harmful to children as it provides them with employment and
means to raise finance to survive and support their families.

A case against:

The UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Find) estimates that there are
252,000 working children aged between five and fifteen. Of those,
three quarters (171 million) are engaged the worst form of child
labour.

The families of these children have no stable source of finance, due
to which they become the victim of labour, against their will. On
television we see children carrying heavy loads on their heads on
construction sites, their little hands are bruised and cut. Everyday
in newspapers we read about children working 18 hours a day in
factories, where some of them weave carpets, in small and congested
dark rooms, heads bended , striving to see their woven designs in dim
light. Newspapers accuse the sponsors and the owners of these
factories for not providing safe working conditions for the children.
They are repeatedly questioned about employing little children for
jobs that suit for adults. To answer this, one of the factory owners
said; “children have quick minds & learn fast.” This is not a
reasonable justification for forcing children to work against their
will.

Children suffering from Child Labour go through psychological and
physical exertion. Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General said
"Child labour has serious consequences that stay with the individual
and with society for far longer than the years of childhood. Young
workers not only face dangerous working conditions, they face long
term physical, intellectual and emotional stress. They face an
adulthood of unemployment and illiteracy." When at work, these
vulnerable children are physically strained by the long hours of
work they do everyday. Unhealthy working environment adds
psychological apprehension and a feeling of ‘-------’ in their minds.

Children suffering from Child Labour are ‘Low wage workers’. UNICEF
estimated that 252,000 children under 15 years of age were working. Of
this one third are domestics in urban area. A 1998 survey identified
only 16% of child domestics who received their wages in hands; 45%
never saw their wages, which were given to their parents or guardians;
and about 25% received no wage at all. This shows the excessive
behaviour of ‘Employers’ towards working children.

Children loose their...

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