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dc.contributor.advisorLamm, Felicity
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Danaё Meredith
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-17T22:18:40Z
dc.date.available2011-07-17T22:18:40Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.date.issued2011-07-18
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/1488
dc.description.abstract‘Serious work in social legislation begins always with the protection of children’ Albert Thomas, first director of the ILO (ILO, 1931: i) The experience of New Zealand children in their working lives is a traditionally under researched area; where existing investigations have been primarily promulgated from the NGO sector (ACYA 2003; CARITAS 2007, 2003) with children recounting their working experiences. Concerns indicated from these findings include the lack of legislative protection of children, particularly in the areas of minimum age for work, minimum wage, and health and safety. Therefore, the dominant themes of this thesis include the political economy of children’s work; domestic and international policy debate about the appropriate regulatory role of institutions and legislation; as well as the fairness and equity of children’s employment and occupational health and safety. Many themes were covered during interview with key stakeholders in the government and non-governmental advocacy areas. Further, key findings are presented from survey and interview data of young adults reflecting on their working lives as children. Working conditions varied widely according to industry and type of work, where the best working conditions were those provided by relatives or family friends. Young people were generally positive about their workplace experiences, but some dangerous and illegal trends were identified. These findings also challenge the assumption of successive governments and regulatory authorities that children are ‘adequately’ protected by current legislation and practice. While there continues to be discourse regarding New Zealand’s ratification of some United Nations and International Labour Organisation protocols relating to protecting children in their working lives, little debate relates to the lack of domestic legislative and monitoring capacity in this worrying area of the labour market. Therefore, the central aim of this study is to inform discussion on children’s work, identify strategies to strengthen the protection of child workers, and outline future areas of research.
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectChildren's work
dc.subjectChild labour
dc.subjectHealth and safety
dc.subjectLabour market regulation
dc.subjectDomestic and international governance
dc.titleSafe enough? The working experiences of New Zealand children
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Philosophy
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2011-07-17T12:28:24Z


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