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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.

 

Participants found out about the work performed with the community to recover the native language of Ishichihui and improve community life. In Chiclayo, a sharing of experiences was organized with the students’ movement as well as with the YCW activists of the Domestic Workers Trade Union, who are at the forefront of the struggle for equal labor rights for women and the recognition of women’s role.

 

In Lima, the continental leaders met with NNATs [Working Children and Adolescents] organized within MANTHOC in Yerbateros, and they discussed about their educational action and their social struggle. They also visited the Domestic Workers’ Collective, a protagonist in the fight for the ratification of ILO Convention 189, and they listened to testimonies from many women involved in the struggle, former YCW members in their youth, who are still considered as belonging to the YCW family today.

 

The Continental Team Meeting began with an analysis of the young workers’ situation in the continent. During that first part, we benefited from the input of a CGTP (Peru’s General Confederation of Workers) union youth leader, Cesar Soberón, of representatives from CONADES youth branch, of Nelly Reyes from the ANC (National Association of Centers), of David Romero from MEJ (Evangelical Youth Circle), and of Ana Luna from FEP (Peru’s Students’ Federation). All those inputs were valuable as they helped identify the reality of today’s young workers more clearly.

 

altThroughout the CTM, we reviewed our action to see how it responds to reality and how to strengthen the popular and liberating processes in the continent. We continued the preparation of the Continental Meeting scheduled next September in Lima. We defined the content and the main guidelines that will ensure a good meeting and adequate preparation. We made progress towards financial autonomy through financial education of activists. Signs of progress in this area are visible.

 

We reaffirmed our character as a movement which focuses on changing the economic, political and social structures that undermine the dignity of young workers, and on the personal change in each and every young worker through the task of education, so that they can discover the deepest meaning of their lives and commit to taking action with the people.

 

We also took part in a mass demonstration of young people in Lima against corruption and the disorder caused by the high authorities of the city. We joined the Limean youth to shout: “Lima, I love you, so I fight for you!

 

Being a YCW base is a permanent challenge and constant learning for the Peru YCW. We will always be ready to do whatever the movement asks us to do. It is with joy and confidence in Christ the young worker that we would love to welcome you to eat a delicious ceviche in your company.

 

The National Team of the Peru YCW


 
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