Wednesday, June 2, 2010

US fails to protect child workers: Human Rights Watch- Hindustan Times

US fails to protect child workers: Human Rights Watch- Hindustan Times

"Children who pick America’s food should at least have the same protections as those who serve it."

Child farm workers as young as 12 years old often work for hire for 10 or more hours a day, five to seven days a week, Human Rights Watch found. Some start working part-time at age 6 or 7.

Children, like many adult farm workers, typically earn far less than minimum wage, and their pay is often further cut because employers underreport hours and force them to spend their own money on tools, gloves, and drinking water that their employers should provide by law.

Agriculture is the most dangerous work open to children in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Children risk pesticide poisoning, serious injury, and heat illness. They suffer fatalities at more than four times the rate of children working in other jobs.

"There is no appetite for immigration reform right now"....Ya, I wonder why !

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