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March 15, 2017: “Just Work, not Bullets” PDF Print E-mail

 

The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) is declaring March 15 International Day against Police Violence and State Repression. We have experiences from all around the world of increasing incidents involving the use of force by police and the military to suppress the demands of the population for Just Work, Equality and Dignified life.

 

For instance, the Walloon YCW noted that in recent months, following the attacks in Brussels and Paris, the Belgian government had decided hastily the implementation of a range of security measures and racistic laws that attack the foundations of democracy in the country. “The evacuation and arrest of undocumented people last September 19, 2016 in Molenbeek, which took place with an extraordinary deployment of police forces (helicopters and heavy weapons) is symptomatic of the way the government is criminalizing undocumented migrants by turning them into potential terrorists. We can also see an intensification of raids carried out in working-class districts and in areas of exploitation of undocumented workers, in particular in Matongé and Saint Josse. In the post-terrorist context, the instrumentalization of fear enables the public authorities to put in place policies and safeguards that lead to mass surveillance.”

 

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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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Ukraine YCW: Revolution Is Not Over Yet! PDF Print E-mail

Young Workers Demand Better Jobs!


altAfter the overthrow of the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, the situation in Ukraine has not calmed down. The threat of war comes from Russia which cites as a reason the need to provide protection to Russian citizens who live in Ukraine, particularly in the Crimea.

 

Responding to the threat of war, leaders of a number of nations and the UN called on Russia to halt its plans to attack Ukraine because it violates the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994, which guarantees the security of Ukraine against external aggression, although legal interpretation differs on whether the threat has to involve nuclear weapons.

 

At the grassroots level, the people continue to consolidate their forces and urge the government to take strategic steps for the recovery of the political situation in the country. The current economic and political crisis in Ukraine causes uncertainty in many aspects of young workers’ lives. Life and jobs are becoming more precarious and difficult everyday.

 

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Celebrating the 100th Year of the Foundation of the YCW PDF Print E-mail

A Story from Japan YCW

 

The theme we have chosen for the 100th anniversary of the YCW is very relevant to the young workers not only in Japan but to allalt young workers around the world: “DIGNITY FOR YOUNG WORKERS!”

 

When we look back at our own history, Cardinal Cardijn founded the YCW because he saw great contradiction in the life and work of young workers. Their reality was in contradiction with their dreams. From the discussion we have at the present time, we note that this is still true today. We see that our dreams and the dreams of our fellow young workers are far from the reality we are faced with.

 

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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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