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YCW Germany: Celebrating the Feast of Saint Precarious on February 29 PDF Print E-mail

altWho is Saint Precarious?

 

Saint Precarious is a fictional saint although an iconic image was created to recall Catholic saints believed to protect the faithful. The “saint” made his first appearance in October 2004 in Italy during protests against multinational chains and corporations. It is dedicated to spread awareness on casual independent employment contracts, the so-called “Precarious Work”.

 

February 29 as the feast day

 

Unlike many other dates, “February 29” only comes every 4 years in our Gregorian calendar. Because of its precarity, it was chosen as the feast day of Saint Precarious.

 

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Father Reginaldo Andrietta, Former Chaplain of the International YCW, Was Appointed Bishop by Pope Francis PDF Print E-mail

A Recognition of his Commitment with the Working Youth


altPope Francis named José Reginaldo Andrietta bishop of Jales, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His appointment as bishop was announced on Wednesday 21st October and he was ordained bishop on Sunday 27th December in the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua in the city of Americana, Brazil.

 

Reginaldo Andrietta was born in Pirassununga (Sao Paulo) in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1983. He has known the YCW since his time at the seminary and has dedicated his life to young workers ever since. He was chaplain of the Brazil YCW in the 1980s, of the Americas YCW from 1991 to 1995, and of the International YCW from 2000 to 2006.

 

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7 October 2015 - World Day for Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

YCWAct4Dignity! - From Decent Work to Work with Dignity

 

Dear Friends,

 

The IYCW, for more than a century, has been fighting to create a new society with, by and for young workers in different sectors in the world of work.

 

What we dream of is not a decent society but far more than that – a society that lives in dignity and full respect for humankind and Nature everywhere. Therefore, logically, the kind of work that we want is a transformation of the concept, from “decent” work to “dignified” work. Transformation requires reorganizing work. On the occasion of the celebration of the World Day for Decent Work, the IYCW encourages all national and continental movements to take serious, progressive and necessary steps to guarantee that transformation happens within activists, within the movement and finally in all corners of society.

 

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Joint Statement On The Occasion Of Rome’s Conference on People and Planet First - The Imperative To Change Course PDF Print E-mail

The movements’ response on the “Laudato Si” of Pope Francis

 

We, the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), the International Movement for Catholic and Agricultural Rural Youth (MIJARC), the International Coordination of Young Christian Workers (CIJOC), the International Federation of Adult Rural Catholic Movements (FIMARC), and the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-PAX ROMANA) laud Pope Francis’s initiative and commitment to voice out the reality and sufferings of millions of people around the world linked to the imbalance and unfair distribution of wealth and misuse/overuse of the earth’s resources. It reflects that the current economic crisis is intertwined with the environmental crisis.

 

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Launching of the XIV International Council of IYCW PDF Print E-mail

It is with a great pleasure and motivation that we hereby launch the process toward our XIV International council that will take place from 25th September to 9th October 2016 in Aachen, Germany. The theme of the international council is Just Work – A Fundamental Option for Dignity for All and the slogan will be Let’s Struggle for Young Workers’ Dignity.


The International Council of the IYCW is the supreme governing body of the movement and enjoys full sovereignty and powers. It is the body wherein the situation of working-class youth is shared, co-ordinated, clarified and solved. As a supreme governing body, the International Council shall accomplish its task of implementing the See, Judge and Act method to evaluate the actions that are carried out by, with and among the young workers at all levels of the movement according to the guidelines provided by the International Plan of Action.

 

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Anna from Ukraine, YCW delegate to the International Labour Conference 2015 PDF Print E-mail

“Personal Thoughts on My Participation”


altAnna, a YCW extension worker from Ukraine, was part of the IYCW delegation to the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva this June. She has shared her thoughts on her participation in this major international event.

 

Feelings


I had mixed feelings during the conference. Seeing all those situations of working people around the world was impressive for me... I got a week of preparation beforehand, but a personal experience is necessary to understand what the ILO Conference is about and how it works. Complicated.

 

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The YCW at the International Labour Conference 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Proposing an ILO Declaration on Universal Labour Protection


altGeneva, June 2015 – A delegation of the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW), which consisted of representatives from Africa, Europe, the Americas and the International Secretariat, participated in the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva from 1-13 June, 2015.

 

This year, the ILC has discussed three main topics, namely the transition from the informal to the formal economy, SMEs and decent and sustainable employment, and the labour protection policy, which includes wages, maternity policy, working hours and occupational health and safety.

 

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International Labour Conference 2015: Young Workers Demanding Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW and WSM Together at the ILO


alt“We need to walk nearly 10 kilometres to reach the pond where we extract the salt, and we earn 60 gourdes ($1.5) per week. With that money, we can contribute a little to the family expenses and we have little money left. We are saving money to buy mules to carry the salt bags over those 10 kilometres, but we earn very little. There aren’t many job opportunities in the formal economy in Haiti, we have to work hard and make use of the low income we can get with our base group.” A YCW activist, Jean Rabel, Haiti

 

Young workers’ problems have an international dimension as there are a reality everywhere in neighbourhoods, communities, factories, streets, and all places where young workers are. Addressing those situations is a real challenge for our movement.

 

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Remembering Romeo Maione PDF Print E-mail

The First Elected President of the International YCW has Died

 

altRomeo Maione, first elected president of the International YCW, has died after a long illness on 12 May 2015 at the age of 90.

 

As a Montreal industrial worker, Romeo first joined a YCW group organised by Fr Wilfred Dore CSB. This decision transformed his life.

 

Rapidly he became a national leader and national president of the Canadian YCW.

 

Given his ability and his command of the Italian language, the IYCW recruited him in 1956 to organise the International Pilgrimage to Rome which drew 32,000 young workers from every inhabited continent, an extraordinary achievement in those days before jet travel.

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From Capitalism to a New Paradigm PDF Print E-mail

Contributing to the common good of humanity

 

altThe world today is no longer sustainable. What is happening now is not a financial crisis with economic consequences; it is not a job crisis resulting in huge unemployment. It goes beyond that, it is a crisis of the system.

 

What we can do now?

 

We should be brave enough to take steps in order to change the system. We should transform this world into a new paradigm, a paradigm of life against a paradigm of death. The logic of the current system (capitalism) is not to provide solutions to the problems but to maintain itself and save itself by sacrificing billions of human beings as well as nature.

 

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International Week of Young Workers 2015: No Worker Without Just Work! PDF Print E-mail

Standing Up Against Exploitation, Oppression and Exclusion


altFrom 24th – 30 April 2015, the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) will celebrate the International Week of Young Workers (IWYW) under the theme: “No Worker without Just Work”. In doing so, the IYCW wants to emphasize the struggles of young workers against the oppression they face in their day-to-day life, which is rooted in the class system that has always utilized it as a way to maintain the domination of the wealthiest and most powerful 1% of the population over the remaining 99%.

 

This week emerged out of the struggles of the working class youth who organized themselves as an independent force in order to be trained to stand up against all forms of exploitation, oppression and exclusion.

 

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