Would I describe myself as new Labour? I’m Labour, organised Labour. I think labels have a limited use and that’s where you really get into boy stuff sometimes, just sticking on labels.
There is a triangular relationship between poverty, child labour and illiteracy who have a cause and consequence relationship. We will have to break this vicious circle.
We must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny – and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation.
A convention was drawn up on June 17, 1925, in which the principle of supervision, as opposed to that of simple propaganda, was recognized, thanks to the efforts of the labour members, of whom I was one.
Elimination of child labour and access to education are like two sides of one coin. One cannot be achieved without the other.
The ceaseless labour of your life is to build the house of death.
I’m politically on the left, no question about it. I oppose sweatshops, I oppose exploitation of labour in the third world.
From labour health, from health contentment spring; contentment opes the source of every joy.
I dream for a world which is free of child labour, a world in which every child goes to school. A world in which every child gets his rights.
On the environment and climate change, I suspect that future generations will think there was too much timidity, too much fear of upsetting business. Basically, New Labour was very nervous about regulating business, or requiring it to do anything, even when there was a very clear social or environmental case for doing so.