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ASPAC: Continental Action Meeting 2013 PDF Print E-mail

A Diversity of Movements Sharing the Same Dreams and Aspirations


The theme “Just Work and Dignified Life for All Young Workers” was the common denominator and motivation of the delegates who got together from 21 to 25 October 2013 in CICM Maryhill Compound, Taytay City Rizal, Philippines to discuss the pressing issues the young workers are facing today.

 

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Seven Asia-Pacific national movements together with 1 extension movement participated in the meeting, namely YCW Australia, YCW China, YCW India, YCW Indonesia, YCW Japan, YCW Philippines, YCW Pakistan, and YCW Sri Lanka.

 

The objectives of the gathering were to evaluate the ongoing actions at the base and national levels, to have a better understanding of our campaign on Just Work and Social Protection with the crosscutting issues of Gender Equality and Quality Education, to strengthen the coordination of action within national movements and to fortify political actions at continental level.

 

In the discussions, the delegates found out that young workers are not aware of right to social benefits and how they can ensure them; that men and women are not equal in all fields of life and that they are not benefitting from just work and social protection; that the movement is faced with the challenge of decreasing membership and focusing only on a specific target sector.

 

We extend our special thanks to our speakers, Ms. Daisy Arago, from the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), and Mr. Isak Kamprona, from the IYCW International Secretariat.

 

The delegates were keen and enthusiastic to overcome the challenges and come up with common proposals and plan of action. YCW national movements need to work with trade unions, non-governmental organizations and other like-minded movements to help organize the young workers to ensure social protection and just work; both men and women need to play a leadership role and be represented at all levels of the movement; each national movement needs to develop their existing target sectors and branch out to other target sectors; national movements of ASPAC need to use the ROLWA methodology, the Task of Education, and the Declaration of Principles in a uniformed way.

 

In conclusion, despite the diversity of the Asia-Pacific countries in terms of languages, cultures, beliefs and traditions, we are bounded with our dreams and aspirations that today and in the future, young workers will have a just work and dignified life.

 
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