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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.

 

The existing laws and approved labour regulations existing laws and approved labour regulations are not fully enforced and implemented. Women, despite their equal dignity with men, face inequality and discrimination at work and in the society. Migrant workers are particularly vulnerable. They are not organised by trade unions and do not know their rights. For this reason, employers are happy to be able to hire migrant workers who will be underpaid and exploited.

 

Globally, we are experiencing the impact of climate change: the rising of temperatures, massive flooding, forest fires and pollution, etc. Many factories and transnational companies caused most of the environmental pollution. However there is no clear agenda for many governments to develop policies to protect the environment.

 

With regards to social media, it brings both positive and negative consequences. It helps to raise young people's awareness about situations in the word. However the spreading of fake news has become easy, and human interaction is being reduced.

 

The deep discussions and reflections held during this international seminar have set the delegates more firmly on the path to placing young workers, their families and communities at the center of their commitment and action. They have been inspired by the values and teachings of various religious traditions, including respect for and enhancement of human dignity and solidarity, which are also consistent with the principles of the International Declaration of Human Rights.

 

The delegates have found out the common shared values of solidarity, human dignity, the Christian values of love and support to each other, unity in our diversity, keep us stronger as we face the challenges every day. We will continue our struggle to reshape the future of work, our commitment with the grassroots, our awareness-raising work, our dialogue and networking, all our efforts to defend workers’ rights, guided by our method (SEE-JUDGE-ACT) and our Declaration of Principles

 

Our vision for the Future of Work is Just Work where there is no precariousness, no outsourcing, no flexibilization, and no unemployment. This means that the workers’ rights are respected by all actors without discrimination, regardless of origin, gender, skin color, religion or country. Work with job guarantee and social protection today and for the future.

 

Work where workers are the center of production, based on their needs, not on capital, where they are free to associate and form a trade union. Work that guarantees the protection and preservation of the environment. Where migration is a choice and is not forced. Finally, work that allows us to live in dignity, taking the path towards a classless society.

 

As delegates of the international seminar, they have committed to act to continue their awareness-raising and task of education among young workers at the grassroots level.

 

They call upon their governments to implement the existing laws and regulations for the protection of workers’ rights and their families' and to prosecute for the ignorance of the law as the crime it actually is. They also call for inter-religious dialogue with the Church and various religious organizations.

 

Among themselves, they will strengthen their collaboration and network at local, national, continental and international levels to reinforce International Solidarity defending the workers’ rights. They will develop exchanges with other organizations and training to build cooperation. In their ranks they will continue to educate, organize and mobilize.

 
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