Play it again, Sam 13 December 2019 Sam Harrison returns to the floor at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, where his brasserie is set to be a blockbuster
In this week's issue... Play it again, Sam Sam Harrison returns to the floor at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, where his brasserie is set to be a blockbuster
Read More
Search

Hospitality ‘breaks child labour laws'

01 January 2000
Hospitality ‘breaks child labour laws'

by Christina Golding

A REPORT revealing that thousands of British children are working illegally in hotels and catering has been presented to the Government by children's charities.

The Department of Health is examining the study, Children and Work in the UK, in preparation for a review next year. The report states that four out of five of the 1.4 million school-age children working in their spare time are working illegally, with a high percentage in hotels, restaurants and cafés.

Average hourly rates of pay were £1.60, and many were found to work in areas that are prohibited for children, such as the preparation of food.

The report will compound findings by the Schools Health Education Unit which warned that children's health and homework suffer because of excessive hours worked (Caterer, 19 February, page 6).

The British Hospitality Association agreed that reform may be needed on hours but not necessarily on pay. "If children are prepared to work for £1.60 it's not a problem, if the hours are limited and it's not in school time," said deputy chief executive Martin Couchman.

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!