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Expanded list of hazardous jobs for children ratified

The Government has taken measures to expand the hazardous jobs list for young people, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said at the weekly Cabinet media briefing held yesterday at the Government Information Department.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted their consent to bring amendments to the Dangerous Employment Orders under Women, Young Persons, and Children Employment Act.

The Legal Draftsman has drafted regulations expanding the list of hazardous jobs from 51 to 71.

The Cabinet approved the proposal presented by the Labour Minister to submit the draft regulations to Parliament for approval and to publish the amended orders in the Government Gazette.

The Women, Young Persons and Children Employment Act was introduced to regulate the employment of women, young persons and children and to ensure their job security.

The minimum age for employment of children has been raised to 16 years from January 2021.The Labour Minister has issued a Dangerous Employment Order in accordance with the amendments made to the Employment of women, young persons and children amended Act No.24 of 2006 following the ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Minimum Age Convention.

Accordingly, 51 hazardous jobs have been introduced for young people between 16 to18, and employing them for such jobs has been declared a punishable offence by law.

The orders, which were introduced about 10 years ago, have been further reviewed and identified with 20 new periodically hazardous jobs, including domestic service, beauty culture and jobs related to computers and electronics.

Alahapperuma said that this was a gift from the government for the country’s children to mark World Children’s Day. 

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