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Opinion: Child, youth labourers need democratic voice

July 26, 2014
Edmonton Journal
Theresia Williams

Doctor of Social Sciences student Theresia Williams wrote an opinion article in the Edmonton Journal about her research into young workers' rights.

Here is an excerpt:

"I was saddened to hear of another workplace death, this time involving a 15-year-old Alberta boy at a gravel-crushing site near Drumheller on July 19. Any such death is a tragedy, but it is particularly disturbing when it involves someone so young.

I have spent the past eight months interviewing and talking with child and youth workers across Alberta as part of my doctoral studies and yes, safety has often come up as a concern — but so have many other significant work issues.

Children aged nine to 16 are actively participating in employment in Alberta, yet there is no input from children and youth themselves into the guidelines, arrangements or policies that govern their employment."

Read the full story on the Edmonton Journal website.