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Decent Work and Youth Employment: “Challenges, Strategies and Perspectives!” PDF Print E-mail

Invitation to a Panel Discussion on September 19 in Brussels


The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) wishes to invite you to join us for a panel discussion: “Decent Work and Youth Employment: “Challenges, Strategies and Perspectives!”

 

Arlindo de Oliveira and Jan Dereymaeker, two worker activists committed in the struggle for decent work and youth employment will moderate the panel discussion.

 

Mgr. Jean-Pierre Delville, Bishop of Liege, will be with us to present his view at the opening session on decent work and youth employment. Maria Tsirantonaki, from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), will share her expertise on trade unions and their struggle on youth employment. From the IYCW, Isak Krampona, general secretary, will describe the work of the movement on decent work and dignified life for young workers.

 

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World Football Cup: When a Belgian Trade Union Discovers Brazil Through the Eyes of the Brazil YCW PDF Print E-mail

‘Never Let the Workers Down’

By Guilherme Junior

 

altTo perceive similarities and potential in the struggle for dignified work was one of the objectives of the exchange between the Brazilian YCW and the Belgian trade union CSC Alimentation & Services, conducted on June 24, 2014. The action was carried out with six members of the Belgian organization who were in Brazil for the FIFA World Football Cup, plus four young workers from São Paulo, and two other young workers of other regions. The group was also given the opportunity to get to know one of the ongoing projects developed by young people linked to the YCW, The Youth Radio, based in São Vicente, a city located 70 km away from São Paulo.

 

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57th Anniversary of the IYCW: “Go forward!” PDF Print E-mail

“The Working Youth of the World Await You”

 

57 years ago today, at the closing of the World Council, Joseph Cardijn made the following speech about young workers; it remains alive now and will never be outdated.

 

“We have seen the YCW transfigured - its apotheosis. This is not the true YCW. We could say like the apostles on Tabor: “Let us build three tabernacles.” No, we must leave here, go down from Tabor, go out from the Cenacle to the masses that suffer, who have not the means of human livelihood, who cannot read or write, who know not their human dignity nor their Christian destiny. That is the only true YCW. It begins today.”

 

“We believe in the possibility of saving the last of the young workers and working girls, whatever their color or race, civilization or continent. They are the sons of God and we must save them,” Cardijn said.

 

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ASPAC YCW: A Meeting and Visit to Update the Analysis of the Situation in Asia Pacific PDF Print E-mail

“Never Stop Believing that You Are Actors of Change”

 

altHong Kong – The ASPAC team gathered together seven leaders in St. Stephen's Church, Kwai Fong, for a Regional Team Meeting from 14th to 18th July 2014, followed by a one-week visit which included ROLWA, a China YCW meeting, a YCW Hong Kong meeting, as well as a meeting with Cardinal John Tong, Bishop of the Hong Kong Diocese.

 

One aim of the Regional Team Meeting was to strengthen friendship and comradeship among the new and old team members – in addition to updating the analysis of the national movements’ reality in Asia Pacific and confronting it with the global analysis/situation, as well as measuring the work the movements carried out over the past 4 years.

 

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Fair Migration: IYCW Speech at the International Labour Conference 2014 PDF Print E-mail

“No integral development can be made without respecting workers’ rights”

 

Mr President,

Delegates of the Governments, Employers and Workers,

Colleagues of the international organisations,

 

We cannot build a world with decent work while ignoring young workers’ participation. No integral development can be made without respecting workers’ rights. Therefore, each of us in this conference should strategically bring young workers on board developing a road map towards decent work for all.

 

We need fair migration and not forced migration! The Director-General of the ILO has through his report on fair migration opened the door to debate and reflection for collective wisdom moving towards the fair migration that we dream of.  It is an essential task of the ILO members and the international organisations to bring forward the commitment to make migration fair and dignified for all.

 

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103rd International Labour Conference: IYCW and WSM Joint Statements Demanding Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW Calls For the Elimination of Forced Labour and the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

 

altThe IYCW is participating in the 103rd International Labour Conference, a tripartite meeting bringing together governments, trade unions and employers, currently held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 28 to June 12. The IYCW and WSM always participate in the ILC actively and efficiently, with relevant statements and helpful suggestions to the committees.

 

The IYCW is promoting representative action within the ILO with the presence of its activists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. It should be noted that in the framework of the issues dealt with by the ILO, the IYCW objective for this 103rd ILC is to: give visibility to the concrete actions we are developing as IYCW and contribute to the building of international policies in favour of the working class throughout the world. Our participation is focused on two committees: Forced Labour and Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy.

 

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May Day Celebration by the Philippines YCW: From Unemployment to Just Work PDF Print E-mail

A Campaign for Regular Work and Quality Education


altFrom April 26 to May 1, the Philippines YCW celebrated the International Week of Young Workers and commemorated struggle, solidarity and success. It held a series of training and awareness programs, discussing pressing issues of today, conducting home visitations to young workers and their families, and marching with different trade unions, Church people and sector organizations on May Day.

 

On May Day, the Philippines YCW highlighted its demand for a 125-peso wage increase nationwide for workers in all sectors. This is in line with the global campaign of the IYCW on Just Work and Social Protection and with the Asia-Pacific YCW motion for a Decent Living Income, Decent Work and Decent Life.

 

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