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'Significant' improvement in Thai child labour issue

Oct 05. 2013
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By The Sunday Nation

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The United States says Thailand's labour situation has improved since the government has been seriously tackling the child labour issue, the Thai Foreign Ministry website said yesterday. This improvement would help maintain the custom privilege of "Genera
Citing the US Labour Ministry’s report titled “Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labour”, the website said the report stated that Thailand had made a “significant” advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. The annual report – which rates different countries’ work on eradicating child labour in four levels; “significant”, “moderate”, “minimal” and “no progress” – had rated Thailand as “moderate” previously.
The report said Thai agencies implemented measures to protect child domestic workers including setting the minimum age for domestic work at 15. The Thai government also updated the list of hazardous occupations and working conditions prohibited to children and increased the minimum age for work in sea vessels from 16 to 18. 

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