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The IYCW present in the WYD through its movements PDF Print E-mail

“The WYD is a space to reflect upon the young workers’ reality”

Guilherme Junior – Brazil YCW


altFaith and participation to change reality. It is with that principle in mind that the YCW took part in the World Youth Day (WYD) held in Rio de Janeiro from 22 to 28 July 2013. The WYD is celebrated annually at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday in Rome and at a week-long event internationally every two to three years. The first WYD was held in Rome in 1986. The theme of WYD Rio 2013 was: "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28: 19).

 

The YCW was in Rio from 24 to 26 July. Before that, the Brazil YCW hosted Bridget Flood and Eliza Cruze, two young activists from YCW Australia, who took part in an exchange in several cities where the movement is present. For those activists, the visits were also opportunities to try identifying the expectations of the pilgrims regarding the WYD and the new pope.

 

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A Solidarity Practice by the Haiti YCW PDF Print E-mail

The Salt Pond in Jean Rabel, an Experience of Collective Action


altTo be able to talk about the salt pond in Jean Rabel, we first wanted to get a deeper understanding of the activity, which implied contacting people with experience in the field. When we visited the salt pond in Jean Rabel, we could meet the team of former members who started the action in 1984-85 and they shared their experience in this collective action with us.

 

Fleurime Palvery (alias ti Pal), a main actor who discovered the salt pond, told us the story. “Some people informed me that granules that looked like salt had been seen there. Since I am a technician in salt production, I went over there, then I started digging a hole from which water came up. A few days later, I went back to the place and I saw the salt.”

 

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An Interview with Brenda, a Guatemalan YCW Activist Who Went to the ILO PDF Print E-mail

‘We are all workers, we all have the right to organize into a union’

 


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What is your role in your national movement?

 

I am an activist in the Guatemala YCW coordination team. We are a small team of activists coordinating the activities of the groups.

 

What are the main activities of the Guatemala YCW presently?

 

Our priorities are the personal actions carried out at our workplaces. In addition, we are working at extending the movement. We are now in an investigation and initiation process in another two cities and we are following up new base groups which have been set up in the metropolitan area of Guatemala City (the capital).

 

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Temporary Work in Germany: A Testimony from Anne, 24 years old PDF Print E-mail

“I Have No Direct Contract and My Life is Insecure!”


altAfter finishing high school, I studied Business Administration and finished with a Bachelor’s degree. I searched for a job for about half a year and every time my applications were rejected, the reason was: "You have no working experience" or "We are primarily looking for people with more work experience" ... Even in positions that were advertised for new entrants they kept saying, " We have found someone with more experience ".


Long story short, I got a job from a temporary work agency. I am working in the purchasing department of a big company which isn’t far away from home. But this job doesn’t require academic studies. My salary corresponds approximately to that of the people directly hired by the company for the same position, but those people are working together with a Buyer while I am working alone.

 

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The Long Hard Day of a Young Woman Worker PDF Print E-mail

A Life Story from Guatemala


The young woman worker leaves home at four o’clock in the morning every day. She has to cross the whole city to get to work.alt She travels around two hours by bus, and then she has to walk almost half an hour to reach the community where she teaches children of low-income families. The neighborhood where she works is poor, marginalized, and the rates of violence are high.

 

Women have been raped on the stretch of road she has to walk through, and the buses she uses to get to and leave that place are those which, according national statistics, register the most armed attacks and assaults, as well as the most accidents caused by the drivers themselves.

 

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Young Workers Demand a Decent Living Income PDF Print E-mail

A Message from Asia/Pacific


alt“In the world today, there is a wide gap between the decent life everyone is supposed to be entitled to and the difficulty we have to meet our most basic needs,” said the YCW Asia Pacific (ASPAC) team in a statement it has recently published.

 

The ASPAC YCW mentions appalling statistics from international institutions. For instance, according to the World Bank, around 50% of the world population lives with less than US$2.50 a day while in Asia alone, even in the least industrialized countries, you need at least USD15 to 20 per day to meet basic needs. Around the world, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. The ILO reported that about 5.1 billion people (75% of the world population) are not covered by adequate social security, while according to UN-Habitat, 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation and 884 million people lack access to adequate sources of drinking water.

 

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The Bicycle Rally of the India YCW PDF Print E-mail

Promoting the Rights of Informal Workers and Unemployed Youth



The India YCW has been carrying out a campaign for an increase in the minimum wage of informal workers and for the right toalt employment for the unemployed. In order to raise awareness among the civil society on those issues and bring those demands to the attention of the local government, the India YCW organised a bicycle rally covering four rural areas (Pallappatti, Ethiload, Silukuvarpatti and Nilakottai) around Dindigul in the district of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on 16th February.

 

32 members of the YCW took part in the bicycle rally, holding placards with their demands and explaining the objectives of the rally and their demands to the public through distributing handbills and holding street corner meetings.

 

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