The Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial is working together with its tripartite partners, the International Labour Organisation and other key stakeholders in commemorating the 2018 World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay).
Minister for Employment Hon. Jone Usamate said that the SafeDay for the Northern division was observed last Friday, the 20th of April at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa whereas the celebration for the Western Division will be held on the 26th of April at the Sugarcane Growers Council Hall in Lautoka.
“The celebration for the Central Division will take place at the Pearl Resort on the 27th of April and this will be held in convergence with the Fiji National University (FNU),” Minister Usamate said.
“This year, the SafeDay and the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) are coming together in a joint campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
“The celebration will include workshops for key stakeholders and activities relating to young and vulnerable workers for primary, secondary and tertiary students,” he further added.
The campaign aims to accelerate action to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 8.8 of safe and secure working environment for all workers by 2030 and SDG target 8.7 of ending all forms of child labour by 2025.
The Minister urged all key stakeholders to require a concerted and integrated approach to eliminating child labour and promoting a culture of prevention on occupational safety and health (OSH) in achieving the relevant SDG goals for the benefit of the next generation of the global workforce.
The theme for the 2018 SafeDay in all divisions is “OSH Vulnerability of Young Workers”.
Source: Department of Information