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The YCW at the International Labour Conference 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Proposing an ILO Declaration on Universal Labour Protection


altGeneva, June 2015 – A delegation of the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), which consisted of representatives from Africa, Europe, the Americas and the International Secretariat, participated in the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva from 1-13 June, 2015.

 

This year, the ILC has discussed three main topics, namely the transition from the informal to the formal economy, SMEs and decent and sustainable employment, and the labour protection policy, which includes wages, maternity policy, working hours and occupational health and safety.

 

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40 Years After the Linz Council PDF Print E-mail

By Andy N. Predicala


alt1975 marked a significant milestone in the history of the world, but also in the history of the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW). 40 years later, leaders and members of YCW Austria during the 1970s and 1980s gathered together to look back at the past, analyze the present and take action for the future, not for themselves but for the generation of today’s young workers.

 

More than 50 former YCWers from different parts of Austria attended the gathering in Linz last April 25, 2015. A reception had been organized to recall memories of the past, share the experiences they had in the YCW and explain where they are now. It was followed by an input by Gerard Steger, the resource speaker coming from Austria’s Federation of Trade Unions.

 

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International Labour Conference 2015: Young Workers Demanding Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW and WSM Together at the ILO


alt“We need to walk nearly 10 kilometres to reach the pond where we extract the salt, and we earn 60 gourdes ($1.5) per week. With that money, we can contribute a little to the family expenses and we have little money left. We are saving money to buy mules to carry the salt bags over those 10 kilometres, but we earn very little. There aren’t many job opportunities in the formal economy in Haiti, we have to work hard and make use of the low income we can get with our base group.” A YCW activist, Jean Rabel, Haiti

 

Young workers’ problems have an international dimension as there are a reality everywhere in neighbourhoods, communities, factories, streets, and all places where young workers are. Addressing those situations is a real challenge for our movement.

 

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Remembering Romeo Maione PDF Print E-mail

The First Elected President of the International YCW has Died

 

altRomeo Maione, first elected president of the International YCW, has died after a long illness on 12 May 2015 at the age of 90.

 

As a Montreal industrial worker, Romeo first joined a YCW group organised by Fr Wilfred Dore CSB. This decision transformed his life.

 

Rapidly he became a national leader and national president of the Canadian YCW.

 

Given his ability and his command of the Italian language, the IYCW recruited him in 1956 to organise the International Pilgrimage to Rome which drew 32,000 young workers from every inhabited continent, an extraordinary achievement in those days before jet travel.

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For a Transformative Action by Young Workers in the Americas PDF Print E-mail

A Message from YCW Peru


altLima hosted the Continental Team Meeting (CTM) of the Americas YCW from 9 to 22 April of this year. The program began with a visit to the Communities of Chiclayo, Ishichihui and Lima, where participants shared the reality of young workers and the actions carried out to transform the situations of oppression and exclusion into situations of justice and decent life.

 

During the meeting, the continental team could count on the presence of the International YCW President, Mardiyono Ludovicus, who helped with the political preparation of the continental meeting due to take place next September.

 

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From Capitalism to a New Paradigm PDF Print E-mail

Contributing to the common good of humanity

 

altThe world today is no longer sustainable. What is happening now is not a financial crisis with economic consequences; it is not a job crisis resulting in huge unemployment. It goes beyond that, it is a crisis of the system.

 

What we can do now?

 

We should be brave enough to take steps in order to change the system. We should transform this world into a new paradigm, a paradigm of life against a paradigm of death. The logic of the current system (capitalism) is not to provide solutions to the problems but to maintain itself and save itself by sacrificing billions of human beings as well as nature.

 

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International Week of Young Workers 2015: No Worker Without Just Work! PDF Print E-mail

Standing Up Against Exploitation, Oppression and Exclusion


altFrom 24th – 30 April 2015, the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) will celebrate the International Week of Young Workers (IWYW) under the theme: “No Worker without Just Work”. In doing so, the IYCW wants to emphasize the struggles of young workers against the oppression they face in their day-to-day life, which is rooted in the class system that has always utilized it as a way to maintain the domination of the wealthiest and most powerful 1% of the population over the remaining 99%.

 

This week emerged out of the struggles of the working class youth who organized themselves as an independent force in order to be trained to stand up against all forms of exploitation, oppression and exclusion.

 

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