Portuguese Child Labour: An Enduring Tale of Exploitation

Martin Eaton, Pedro Goulart

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    Abstract

    Child working remains a significant minority activity in semi-industrialized parts of the Portuguese labour market. This article outlines the scale and spatial extent of the phenomenon before debating the role of children employed in the textiles, clothing and footwear sectors. We consider key determinants governing supply and demand for these workers together with an evaluation of state-sponsored efforts to alleviate the situation. Analysis shows that some factories in mono-industrial parts of north-west and central-eastern interior Portugal are continuing to resist the globalization of competitive pressures. This is achieved by reducing real labour costs, utilizing informal work practices, exploiting the cheap productive capacity which minors bring and the legislative loopholes which prevent its eradication.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages439-444
    JournalEuropean Urban and Regional Studies
    Volume16
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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    Keywords

    • Child labour
    • Informal work practice
    • Manufacturing industry
    • Portugal

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    Eaton, Martin ; Goulart, Pedro. / Portuguese Child Labour: An Enduring Tale of Exploitation. In: European Urban and Regional Studies. 2009 ; Vol. 16, No. 4. pp. 439-444.
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