2001 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Cook Islands (self-governing in free association with New Zealand)
|Publisher||United States Department of Labor|
|Author||Bureau of International Labor Affairs|
|Publication Date||7 June 2002|
|Cite as||United States Department of Labor, 2001 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Cook Islands (self-governing in free association with New Zealand), 7 June 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/48c8c9f2c.html [accessed 10 December 2013]|
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There is limited information regarding the extent and nature of child labor and the quality and provision of education in non-independent countries and territories eligible for GSP, AGOA and CBTPA benefits. These areas generally are not eligible to become members of the ILO, and Convention 138 and Convention 182 do not apply to any of them.
Statistics on the number of working children under the age of 15 in the Cook Islands are unavailable, but children are reported to assist with domestic chores, work as performers on a part-time basis in cultural dance groups, and work in shops. Under the Education Act of 1986-1987, schooling is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 15.
The Industrial and Labor Ordinance of 1964 prohibits the employment of children under the age of 16 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. and on Sundays and holidays. Children under the age of 18 may not work in dangerous occupations, unless they have been trained to handle dangerous machinery. The Labor and Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is responsible for monitoring the implementation of child labor laws.
 Natan Elkin, ILO, electronic correspondence to USDOL official, January 31, 2002. Most of the areas covered in this summary report are considered by the ILO to be non-metropolitan territories and therefore, are ineligible to become members of the ILO. An ILO member can submit a declaration to the ILO requesting that these conventions apply to their non-metropolitan territories.
 Andrew Young, U.S. Embassy-Auckland, electronic correspondence to U.S. Department of State official, October 1, 2001.