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2002 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor - British Virgin Islands (territory of the United Kingdom)

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 - British Virgin Islands (territory of the United Kingdom), 18 April 2003, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/48d748cfc.html [accessed 24 July 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 British Virgin Islands are unavailable, but children reportedly work occasionally during the afternoons and on weekends in family-owned businesses, supermarkets and hotels.3954 Under the Education Ordinance, children must attend school until the age of 14.3955 The Labor Standards set the minimum age for employment at 14 years.3956


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.

3954 Sheila Brathwaite, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour of the Government of the British Virgin Islands, letter to USDOL official, September 14, 2000.

3955 Ibid.

3956 Ibid.

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