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Act for dignity and the future of work PDF Print E-mail

International Week of Young Workers and May Day 2016

 

altThe International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) salutes all Young Workers in their struggle for dignity in this current most challenging time. The International Week of Young Workers (IWYW) is a week that the IYCW initiated in 1984, dedicated to the life and work of young workers.

 

This important week promotes the actions of young workers aimed at changing their working conditions, the society in which they live, and their personal lives towards the new society that we are dreaming of.

 

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International Women’s Day 2016: Reclaiming the Dignity of Young Women PDF Print E-mail

Joint Press Release of IYCW and MIJARC

 

altSince the creation of the human being, women are equal to men in all aspects of life in administrating this planet. As time went passing by, women have been stripped of their dignity and experienced terrible violence and slavery at home, at their work place and in society.

 

The current society, with its way of life and culture, has produced more inequality, forcing women to live in a more vulnerable situation globally. The United Nations as a collective political power has failed and seems to continue failing to bring change and transformation towards equality, as the effort that has been made is not really addressing the main problem but is just a mere political veneer.

 

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YCW Germany: Celebrating the Feast of Saint Precarious on February 29 PDF Print E-mail

altWho is Saint Precarious?

 

Saint Precarious is a fictional saint although an iconic image was created to recall Catholic saints believed to protect the faithful. The “saint” made his first appearance in October 2004 in Italy during protests against multinational chains and corporations. It is dedicated to spread awareness on casual independent employment contracts, the so-called “Precarious Work”.

 

February 29 as the feast day

 

Unlike many other dates, “February 29” only comes every 4 years in our Gregorian calendar. Because of its precarity, it was chosen as the feast day of Saint Precarious.

 

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IYCW ASPAC: “We are Young, We are Workers, Fighting for Dignity!” PDF Print E-mail

Continental Action Meeting in Hong Kong

 

altHong Kong, IYCW ASPAC – “We are Young, We are Workers, Fighting for Dignity!” This was the slogan chosen by the International Young Christian Workers of Asia Pacific (IYCW ASPAC) for their Continental Action Meeting (CAM) held in Caritas Center, Hong Kong last October 19-23, 2015. YCW Australia, YCW Japan, YCW Indonesia, YCW India, YCW Philippines and YCW China attended the meeting.

 

The meeting focused on the current issues faced by young workers in the Asia and Pacific region such as social protection deficit, low wages, migration and the rise of informal economy.

 

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Father Reginaldo Andrietta, Former Chaplain of the International YCW, Was Appointed Bishop by Pope Francis PDF Print E-mail

A Recognition of his Commitment with the Working Youth


altPope Francis named José Reginaldo Andrietta bishop of Jales, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His appointment as bishop was announced on Wednesday 21st October and he was ordained bishop on Sunday 27th December in the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua in the city of Americana, Brazil.

 

Reginaldo Andrietta was born in Pirassununga (Sao Paulo) in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1983. He has known the YCW since his time at the seminary and has dedicated his life to young workers ever since. He was chaplain of the Brazil YCW in the 1980s, of the Americas YCW from 1991 to 1995, and of the International YCW from 2000 to 2006.

 

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7 October 2015 - World Day for Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

YCWAct4Dignity! - From Decent Work to Work with Dignity

 

Dear Friends,

 

The IYCW, for more than a century, has been fighting to create a new society with, by and for young workers in different sectors in the world of work.

 

What we dream of is not a decent society but far more than that – a society that lives in dignity and full respect for humankind and Nature everywhere. Therefore, logically, the kind of work that we want is a transformation of the concept, from “decent” work to “dignified” work. Transformation requires reorganizing work. On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day for Decent Work, the IYCW encourages all national and continental movements to take serious, progressive and necessary steps to guarantee that transformation happens within activists, within the movement and finally in all corners of society.

 

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Joint Statement On The Occasion Of Rome’s Conference on People and Planet First - The Imperative To Change Course PDF Print E-mail

The movements’ response on the “Laudato Si” of Pope Francis

 

We, the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), the International Movement for Catholic and Agricultural Rural Youth (MIJARC), the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (CIJOC), the International Federation of Adult Rural Catholic Movements (FIMARC), and the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-PAX ROMANA) laud Pope Francis’s initiative and commitment to voice out the reality and sufferings of millions of people around the world linked to the imbalance and unfair distribution of wealth and misuse/overuse of the earth’s resources. It reflects that the current economic crisis is intertwined with the environmental crisis.

 

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