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Portuguese Child Labour: An Enduring Tale of Exploitation

Eaton, Martin and Goulart, Pedro (2009) Portuguese Child Labour: An Enduring Tale of Exploitation. European Urban and Regional Studies, 16 (4). pp. 439-444. [Journal article]

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URL: http://eur.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/16/4/439

DOI: 10.1177/0969776409340862


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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Child labour, Informal work practice, Manufacturing industry, Portugal
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
ID Code:13968
Deposited By: Dr Martin Eaton
Deposited On:27 Oct 2010 10:03
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:48

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