Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment (ILO Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No. 138))

Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment (ILO No. 138), 1015 U.N.T.S. 297, entered into force June 19, 1976.
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Year of adoption: 1973
Year of entry into force: 1976
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Article 1

Each Member for which this Convention is in force undertakes to pursue a national policy designed to ensure the effective abolition of child labour and to raise progressively the minimum age for admission to employment or work to a level consistent with the fullest physical and mental development of young persons.

Article 3

1. The minimum age for admission to any type of employment or work which by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out is likely to jeopardise the health, safety or morals of young persons shall not be less than 18 years.

2. The types of employment or work to which paragraph 1 of this Article applies shall be determined by national laws or regulations or by the competent authority, after consultation with the organisations of employers and workers concerned, where such exist.

3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article, national laws or regulations or the competent authority may, after consultation with the organisations of employers and workers concerned, where such exist, authorise employment or work as from the age of 16 years on condition that the health, safety and morals of the young persons concerned are fully protected and that the young persons have received adequate specific instruction or vocational training in the relevant branch of activity.

Article 7

1. National laws or regulations may permit the employment or work of persons 13 to 15 years of age on light work which is:

( a ) Not likely to be harmful to their health or development […].

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