Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann has released the following statement in recognition of the World Day Against Child Labour:
“The World Day Against Child Labour is an important time for all of us to recognize that unfair and unjust employment practices continue to harm children around the world.
“Childhood is an important time for mental, physical, spiritual and social development, which should not be sacrificed for professional development – to put it mildly.
“We need to protect children by ensuring laws are in place such as minimum age requirements and restrictions on children conducting certain types of economic activities.
“While I applaud the government for taking some of these important steps in Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, I am disappointed by the NDP’s repeated refusal to extend employment standards for overtime and rest periods to paid farm and ranch workers, many of whom are youth.
“Platitudes make for fine speeches, but strong, preventative government action can actually protect people from unfair labour practices. That is why I am repeating my call to remove exemptions for paid farm and ranch workers for overtime and minimum rest periods.
“Let’s mark World Day Against Child Labour this year by renewing our commitment to labour fairness right here in Alberta.”