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The ILO’s Legal Activities Towards the Eradication of Child Labour: An Overview

This chapter focuses on the analysis of the concept of hazardous work within the International Labour Organization (ILO) system and examines how the ILO supervisory system can mainstream at the national level legislative and pragmatic action against work that is detrimental to the health, safety or morals of children. The unanimous adoption of Convention 182 (C182) by the ILC and the very high rate of ratifications obtained in a relatively short period are signs of a broad recognition by the international community of the need to immediately eradicate the worst forms of child labour and, among these, hazardous child labour. In order to better understand the role of C182 in the prevention of hazardous child labour and the removal of children from hazardous work it is important to examine briefly the ILO normative framework in which the adoption of article 3(d) of the Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) took place.