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IYCW launches a new international plan of action! PDF Print E-mail

A future that permits young workers to live in security

The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) Movement has announced the launch of its new plan of action demanding the right to social protection for all young workers. At the conclusion of its XII international council and global summit “Together in Action’’ held in India during the month of October 2008, the movement has reaffirmed its commitment to work towards a better future for young workers in its new international plan to be realised during the next four years.

"With the creation of our new plan of action and election of our new international team, we are committing ourselves to realising our vision of a new society - a society where the right to have a job is not a dream, but a reality. We want a world where each and every one can access education that prepares us for all aspects of life, where equality of gender prevails and where we can be sure that our work offers us the chance to be independent and participate fully in society as young working people", says Thiruvalluvar Yovel, outgoing President of the IYCW.

An evaluation of our global reality, system of work and its effect on young workers was made by the delegates of the council from the Americas, Africa, Europe and the region of Asia-Pacific. The analysis demonstrated that in all areas of the globe, young workers face the reality of precarious working contracts and living conditions, have difficulty to access quality education, and face the daily threat of exclusion through unemployment. Even in societies where social protection systems exist and are more advanced, many young workers are employed through interim agencies on temporary contracts, and are excluded from the same types of protection that exist for permanent workers. Access to social protection is not equal for all.

The IYCW demands that even the most excluded workers are assured of the right to a permanent job, the right to get organised, and the right to participate actively in the society as leaders in the community.

IYCW believes social protection must include the following basic rights:

  • the right to social security and benefits to all
  • the right to a permanent job for all citizens so that they may not depend on others for their life.
  • the right to an education that prepares young people for all aspects of life.
  • the right to a living wage that satisfies the needs of food, shelter, clothing, education and leisure activities for each individual.
  • the right to decent conditions of work that respect and provide for health care, retirement benefits, maternity leave, paid holidays and decent working hours.
  • the right to get organised as trade unions and workers associations the right to gender equality in all aspects of work and life.

A newly elected international team will be led by Geethani Peries (International President) from the YCW movement of Sri Lanka, and Arlindo de Oliveira (International Treasurer) from the YCW movement of Brazil, who will assume their positions in the early months of 2009. The international movement invites the support and encouragement of all members and partner organisations in the continuation of its vision towards a more just society for all.

For more information please contact:

Bridget Rauch or Thiruvalluvar Yovel

IYCW / JOC Internationale

Av. Georges Rodenbach 4, B-1030 Bruxelles, Belgique

Ph: 02 242 18 11

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website: www.jociycw.net

 
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