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The Philippines YCW held its 34th National Council! PDF Print E-mail

After almost five (5) years of struggle, the Philippines Young Christian Workers (PYCW) finally held its 34th National Council (NC) of) from 30th April to 8th May 2018 in Taytay, Rizal. Young workers (YW) delegates from five regions – Cebu, Negros Occidental, IloIlo, Metro Manila and Camarines Norte – participated in the NC to represent their regions and share the realities. The theme was:  “Kilos Kabataang Manggagawa para sa Dignidad at Karapatan” (Young Workers Acting for their Dignity and Rights). Indeed, the movement believes that as actors of change, action should be the starting point in changing the realities of young workers and the way to transform the society through its Task of Education (TOE).

 

One of the highlights of the NC program was the exchange of leaders exposing the delegates to different areas of work in Valenzuela City. A first group visited the contractual group of Malanday, a second group stayed with the pedicab base group of Lawang Bato, and a third one visited a mixed group of young people in Vista Verde.

 

See and feel the local reality of young workers

 

The objective of the program was for the delegates to see and feel the reality of the YWs in the area by living with them at least for 1 day and to learn from YWs’ experiences. Each delegate had to share about their realities and experience in their regions in order to deepen the analysis and find common points to be used as a basis at the NC proper to take action and address issues affecting YWs’ lives.

 

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IYCW International Seminar in Bandung, Indonesia 2018 PDF Print E-mail

 

"Young Workers in the World of Work Today, our Vision for Tomorrow"

 

The delegates and national movement’s representatives of the International Young Christian Workers together with the members of Catholic Inspired Organizations, associations and trade unions, gathered in Bandung, Indonesia from August 14-22, 2018, for an International Exchange and Seminar on the theme “Young workers in the world of work today – our vision for tomorrow. Reshaping the Future of Work in the midst of digitalization, ecological change, precariousness and unemployment”

 

The delegates are convinced that Just Work is an integral part of the human beings’ personal fulfilment that should guarantee their participation in the development of society. However, the world of work today does not guarantee the young workers, and workers in general, a sustainable life as we are facing unemployment and precariousness around the world.

 

They have seen that more and more young workers are victims of long working hours, lack of social protection, informalization of work, and low wages. It is difficult for us to meet the needs of our families. The digitalization of work results in the dismissal of workers and leads to unemployment. Likewise, the way in which work is being organised is disintegrating our working relationships and depriving workers from the right to free association.

 

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“Reshaping the Future of Work in the midst of Digitalization, Precarity and Unemployment: Action and Commitment of Young Workers” PDF Print E-mail


The International Young Christian Workers is about to open an International Exchange and Seminar together with the Future of Work Network in Bandung, Indonesia this coming August 12-24, 2018. 

 

We welcome all our delegates from national movements of YCW from Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, as well as delegates and guests from our network the like of Justice and Peace-Germany, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), International Movement of Catholic Agricultural and Rural Young (MIJARC), International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (ICYCW), International Movement of Christian Workers (MMTC), World Solidarity and many others.

 

The International Seminar 2018 in Bandung is a dynamic activity to exchange the reality on the life and work of young workers, our culture and our action.  By coming together we are writing the history of young workers in the context of World of Work (wow) and by then we are putting a stone-mark of vision of the Future of Work (fow).

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News from the Asia & Pacific YCW: “We believe we are the solution” PDF Print E-mail

Last October the Asia & Pacific YCW (ASPAC) held a continental action meeting, a seminar on social protection and a regional leaders’ exchange in the Philippines. The Continental Action Meeting was held in Taytay, in Rizal province. Twenty-eight participants from the YCW national movements of Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan and the Philippines attended the meeting, and the ASPAC team, the IYCW secretary-general and a PANAF coordinator were also present.

 

 

ASPAC had chosen a challenging theme for the Continental Action Meeting: “We Are Young! We Are Workers! Fighting for Dignity.” Participants came together to share their experiences and concerns, difficulties and convictions about the YCW in their respective countries. “We are young people who want to contribute and participate in the society. We are often excluded and not respected. We want to find a way to live a dignified life in this society. Yes, we believe that we are the solution and we can make difference!”

 

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Young Workers March to Berlin on May Day Celebration PDF Print E-mail

by Andy N. Predicala

 

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Just work and young workers’ rights were at the forefront of the gathering of around fifty young workers and leaders of CAJ from various regions of Germany. They gathered together in Berlin from April 28 to May 1, 2017 to deepen their action campaign on “Precarious Work”. Three main demands under that theme were identified: the reduction of working time, basic income guarantee and gender equality at work and in the society.

 

During the “Bundesaktionstage”, which was the name of the study days and the “March of Young Workers” organized in the framework of this grassroots event, young German workers, students, unemployed youth, migrants and refugees joined together in action.

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Celebrating May First? PDF Print E-mail


 

While the International Week of Young Workers comes to an end, young workers and activists in the IYCW carry out actions against precarious and unsteady jobs in the world, against inequalities in all aspects of life. Today, on the occasion of May First, we raise the flag of struggle together with popular and worker organisations and other groups acting in favour of promoting a new society where people are equal.

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Young People of Flanders Speak Up and Are Ready to Act! PDF Print E-mail

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The National Congress of KAJ Flanders that took place last November 14-15, 2016 at the Generation Europe youth hostel was a great success. It was attended by around 35 young people coming from different regions of Flanders. The two-day congress was fun, filled with dynamic activities and debates on the reality young people and the movement are facing today.

 

The National Congress worked on four different themes: (1) strengthening the base groups and actions of the different regions; (2) equal opprtunities for everybody; (3) respect for life and solidarity among people; (4) decent life at work and school. These four themes are the main campaign of KAJ Flanders for the coming four years (2017-2020).

 

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International Colloquy and Public Opening of the XIVth International Council PDF Print E-mail

 

 

On the occasion of the XIV International Council of the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), current and former leaders of the YCW movement gathered in Herzogenrath, near Aachen, Germany, from 24th till 26th September for the IYCW International Colloquy, aimed at developing cooperation between the various generations of YCW leaders.

 

Click here to see photos of the Colloquy and of the opening of the Council.

 

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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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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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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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