Atlanta Agreement

Six months later, the companies had to disclose 25% of the additional production information. Within 18 months, all registered companies had to disclose all aspects of their production. Monitoring took the form of unannounced on-site visits to verify the absence of children and to verify the production information provided by the company. When children were found in the workplace, the manufacturer was informed that they were in breach of the agreement and that corrective measures were needed. If observers found that no corrective action had been taken within a specified period of time, their membership would be removed from the programme and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry would inform brands and retailers of this infringement. Soccer balls made in childless work environments are given an identification number inside each ball to identify the factory in which it was manufactured. The agreement aimed to improve the working conditions and remuneration of families living in Sialkot. This would be done by ensuring that children (“children”, defined as persons under the age of 15) are not forced to work or, at the very least, not to be forced to miss school to make footballs. In the best-case scenario, it was hoped that the agreement would ensure that adults could earn enough money to support their families without their children having to work. This would improve the percentage of young people educated, which I hope would give more employment opportunities to future generations.

By dramatically increasing the wages of working adults, it was hoped that living conditions would also improve. The main positive outcome of the agreement was the sharp reduction in the child labour force. However, some families today feel worse because they do not receive income from their children and often one of the parents has to stay at home and take care of the children because they are still not receiving an education. The situation in the workplace has therefore improved considerably thanks to the centralisation of the facilities, as health and safety have been monitored. The increase in the salaries of notebooks has also contributed to the rise in living standards. * [www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1901783,00.html Soccer Ball Stitchers Face a Tough Game] – dw-weld.de* [usinfo.state.gov/journals/ites/0505/ijee/gorgemans.htm Addressing Child Labor: An Industry Approach] – E-Journal USA, state.gov * [www.imacpak.org/atlanta.htm A new copy of the Atlanta Agreement] – www.imacpak.org* [www.imacpak.org/memorandum.htm Memorandum of Independent Monitoring Association for Child Labour] – www.imacpak.org* [www.itcilo.org/actrav/actrav-english/telearn/global/ilo/guide/ilosoc.htm#Text%20of%20the%20agreement ILO Parthership to eliminate kinder labour in the soccer ball industry in the soccer ball industry in the soccer ball industry in Pakistan] – The International Labour Organization Pakistan is responsible for the production of 80% of the world`s soccer balls, most of which are manufactured in Sialkot. . . .

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