Child Labour and EU Law and Policy: A Regional Solution for a Global Issue
The EU and the Global Protection of Children’s Rights: Norms, Laws and Policy Dimensions, Opladen/Berlin/Toronto, Barbara Budrich, 259-288, 2016
32 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2016 Last revised: 17 Mar 2016
Date Written: 2016
This chapter will explore the role of the EU in creating and developing labour policies that affect children. The analysis will be framed within the context of the global debates about child labour, and will highlight the role that the EU might play in those debates. The chapter starts by sketching the main lines of the ‘child labour’ debate, the qualitative and quantitative significance of children in the EU labour market, and the relevant EU competences. It will then touch upon a range of EU labour law instruments that affect children, both as direct addressees – especially the Young Workers Directive – and collateral beneficiaries, including a variety of tools that address sex discrimination. Finally, the chapter will assess the compatibility between the instruments and policies considered and, amongst others, the CRC, the relevant ILO instruments, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The conclusion will determine the scope for improvement of the current state of affairs, and present policy recommendations.
Keywords: child labour, children's rights, EU labour policy, European Union
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