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Meiry: The YCW transformed me into an activist! PDF Print E-mail

A testimony from Guatemala


altMeiry de León is 26 years old. She works as a teacher at the Cumbre del Guayabo primary school, Chinautla, Guatemala. She has been working for four years under contract agreement. Her temporary contract can be renewed or cut depending on her appraisal results. This means that she cannot gain and retain seniority over the years and the benefits she gets remain the same.

 

Meiry reported that her school encounters quite serious problems with respect to salaries. Besides being too low, they are always paid late. In many cases, she and all other teachers receive their salaries with a three-month delay, or even longer. As far as infrastructure is concerned, her school is far from being a decent school since they do not have the necessary tools in the classroom, e.g. blackboard, chairs, books and desks.

 

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Our Bread and Roses Commitment By, For and With the Young Workers PDF Print E-mail

A message from the CAJ National Council

 

altAs the National Council of CAJ (German YCW) officially opened on Friday night of November 7, 2014 at Kolping-Biddunghaus-Salzbergen, we were all the more motivated as we heard the song “Bread and Roses”, which rhymes as follows…

 

"As we go marching, marching, in the beauty of the day

A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray

Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses

For the people hear us singing, bread and roses, bread and roses."


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Young People of Flanders Speak Up! PDF Print E-mail

The KAJ Launches a Symbolic Action in front of the Court of Justice


altThe KAJ-Flanders launched a symbolic action last November 22, 2014 in front of the Court of Justice in Brussels. It was attended by more than 100 young people who spoke up about the situation of the young people whose parents are divorced and live between two homes.

 

Figures show that Belgium has climbed into the top 3 nations of the European Union in terms of number of divorces and at least 1 out of 3 marriages in the Flemish region ends up in a divorce. In 2013 alone, 35,000 children and young people were faced with their parents’ separation. However, the number of children whose unmarried parents dissolved their partnership contract is unknown.

 

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16 Days of Action Against Gender Violence PDF Print E-mail

25 November - 10 December

 

The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) is commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women today, 25th November 2014, and encourages all YCW national movements worldwide to initiate and take part in actions to end violence against women.

 

The action commences each year on 25th November and concludes on 10th December - International Human Rights Day.

 

During these 16 days of action against gender violence, the IYCW encourages all national movements around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

 

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“No Worker Without Rights; No Peasant Without Land; and No Family Without a Home” PDF Print E-mail

Pope Francis Joins The Call of the Silenced, Marginalized and Secluded

 

altThe World Meeting of Popular Movements in which the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) actively participated was held in Vatican City from October 27-29, 2014 with more than 100 popular movements and organizations. Andy Predicala represented the IYCW in the event.

 

During the plenary session, the IYCW emphasized the precarious situation of workers, especially young people. There is widespread underemployment and lack of job opportunities. The high rate of youth unemployment and the strong tendency to find work in the informal economy without any protection of labor rights or access to social protection are becoming threats. Even those with a job often suffer from work insecurity, resulting from underemployment or casual and vulnerable employment. Forecasts raise concerns that if this crisis continues, more than 215 million may be unemployed and jobseekers by 2018.

 

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Interviews: Young Workers from Around the World Speak about Capitalism, the World of Work, and the Action of the Movement PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW seminar held in Belgium last September was an opportunity to interview young workers from each continent. Antoine from Belgium, Doriabelle from Gabon, Meiver from Venezuela, and Nanang from Indonesia shared their views about the world of work and the action of the movement.

 

altNanang, Indonesia YCW

 

What are the main challenges for the movement in your continent regarding capitalism?

 

In our continent, it is a big challenge to organize the workers in the factories; they work long hours and that is why they have no time to join our meetings. There is also a lack of awareness: workers do not know what their rights are. Other challenges include individualism and consumerism: in factories employers (capitalists) create competition among workers.

 

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IYCW International Seminar: We Are Those Millions of Young People Who Work in Precarious Conditions PDF Print E-mail

Preparing Ourselves to Renew Society

 

altDear fellow young workers of the world, greetings from the seminar of the International YCW in Assesse, Belgium. We are in solidarity with your daily struggle for dignity in our hearts and minds. You have delegated leaders from your national movements from countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Flanders, Gabon, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Peru, Quebec, Venezuela and Wallonia. Honoured with your faith we would like to share with you a little of our work. Work carried out to prepare ourselves to renew society.

 

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