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2002 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Cook Islands (self-governing state in free association with New Zealand)

Publisher United States Department of Labor
Author Bureau of International Labor Affairs
Publication Date 18 April 2003
Cite as United States Department of Labor, 2002 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - Cook Islands (self-governing state in free association with New Zealand), 18 April 2003, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/48d748cf3f.html [accessed 28 November 2014]
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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 ILO Convention 138 and ILO Convention 182 do not apply to any of them.3937

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, help with family agricultural activities, work as performers on a part-time basis in cultural dance groups, and work in shops.3957 Under the Education Act of 1986-1987, schooling is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 15.3958

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.3959 Children under the age of 18 may not work in dangerous occupations, unless they have been trained to handle dangerous machinery.3960 The Labor and Consumer Affairs Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is responsible for monitoring the implementation of child labor laws.3961


3937 ILO official, electronic communication to USDOL official, January 31, 2002. Also Julie Misner, USDOL Office of International Organizations, electronic communication to USDOL official, September 3, 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. See ILO, Constitution, Chapter 1, Article 1 and Chapter III, Article 35 [cited November 12, 2002]; available from http://www.ilo.org/public/english/about/iloconst.htm.

3957 Andrew Young, U.S. Embassy – Auckland, electronic communication to USDOL official, October 1, 2001.

3958 Ibid.

3959 Ibid.

3960 Ibid.

3961 Ibid.

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