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Interviews: Young Workers from Around the World Speak about Capitalism, the World of Work, and the Action of the Movement PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW seminar held in Belgium last September was an opportunity to interview young workers from each continent. Antoine from Belgium, Doriabelle from Gabon, Meiver from Venezuela, and Nanang from Indonesia shared their views about the world of work and the action of the movement.

 

altNanang, Indonesia YCW

 

What are the main challenges for the movement in your continent regarding capitalism?

 

In our continent, it is a big challenge to organize the workers in the factories; they work long hours and that is why they have no time to join our meetings. There is also a lack of awareness: workers do not know what their rights are. Other challenges include individualism and consumerism: in factories employers (capitalists) create competition among workers.

 

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IYCW International Seminar: We Are Those Millions of Young People Who Work in Precarious Conditions PDF Print E-mail

Preparing Ourselves to Renew Society

 

altDear fellow young workers of the world, greetings from the seminar of the International YCW in Assesse, Belgium. We are in solidarity with your daily struggle for dignity in our hearts and minds. You have delegated leaders from your national movements from countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Flanders, Gabon, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Peru, Quebec, Venezuela and Wallonia. Honoured with your faith we would like to share with you a little of our work. Work carried out to prepare ourselves to renew society.

 

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57th Anniversary of the IYCW: “Go forward!” PDF Print E-mail

“The Working Youth of the World Await You”

 

57 years ago today, at the closing of the World Council, Joseph Cardijn made the following speech about young workers; it remains alive now and will never be outdated.

 

“We have seen the YCW transfigured - its apotheosis. This is not the true YCW. We could say like the apostles on Tabor: “Let us build three tabernacles.” No, we must leave here, go down from Tabor, go out from the Cenacle to the masses that suffer, who have not the means of human livelihood, who cannot read or write, who know not their human dignity nor their Christian destiny. That is the only true YCW. It begins today.”

 

“We believe in the possibility of saving the last of the young workers and working girls, whatever their color or race, civilization or continent. They are the sons of God and we must save them,” Cardijn said.

 

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ASPAC YCW: A Meeting and Visit to Update the Analysis of the Situation in Asia Pacific PDF Print E-mail

“Never Stop Believing that You Are Actors of Change”

 

altHong Kong – The ASPAC team gathered together seven leaders in St. Stephen's Church, Kwai Fong, for a Regional Team Meeting from 14th to 18th July 2014, followed by a one-week visit which included ROLWA, a China YCW meeting, a YCW Hong Kong meeting, as well as a meeting with Cardinal John Tong, Bishop of the Hong Kong Diocese.

 

One aim of the Regional Team Meeting was to strengthen friendship and comradeship among the new and old team members – in addition to updating the analysis of the national movements’ reality in Asia Pacific and confronting it with the global analysis/situation, as well as measuring the work the movements carried out over the past 4 years.

 

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Fair Migration: IYCW Speech at the International Labour Conference 2014 PDF Print E-mail

“No integral development can be made without respecting workers’ rights”

 

Mr President,

Delegates of the Governments, Employers and Workers,

Colleagues of the international organisations,

 

We cannot build a world with decent work while ignoring young workers’ participation. No integral development can be made without respecting workers’ rights. Therefore, each of us in this conference should strategically bring young workers on board developing a road map towards decent work for all.

 

We need fair migration and not forced migration! The Director-General of the ILO has through his report on fair migration opened the door to debate and reflection for collective wisdom moving towards the fair migration that we dream of.  It is an essential task of the ILO members and the international organisations to bring forward the commitment to make migration fair and dignified for all.

 

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103rd International Labour Conference: IYCW and WSM Joint Statements Demanding Decent Work PDF Print E-mail

The IYCW Calls For the Elimination of Forced Labour and the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

 

altThe IYCW is participating in the 103rd International Labour Conference, a tripartite meeting bringing together governments, trade unions and employers, currently held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 28 to June 12. The IYCW and WSM always participate in the ILC actively and efficiently, with relevant statements and helpful suggestions to the committees.

 

The IYCW is promoting representative action within the ILO with the presence of its activists from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. It should be noted that in the framework of the issues dealt with by the ILO, the IYCW objective for this 103rd ILC is to: give visibility to the concrete actions we are developing as IYCW and contribute to the building of international policies in favour of the working class throughout the world. Our participation is focused on two committees: Forced Labour and Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy.

 

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International Week of Young Workers 2014: “Young Workers in Mandela’s Footsteps” PDF Print E-mail

An Inspiring Legacy in Our Fight for Just Work and a Sustainable Social Protection System

 

altFrom 24th to 30th April and on 1st May each year, the IYCW engages into activities and actions aimed at celebrating the International Week of Young Workers and May Day. These activities and actions confront the social, political, economical, cultural ills that continue to plague the living and working conditions of millions of young women and men today.

 

This year, the IYCW marks this extraordinary week in the calendar of the movement by learning the “Pillars of Nelson Mandela’s legacy; Lessons and Inspirations”. Mandela, a selfless freedom fighter of the working class, who stood for justice, human dignity and non-racialism. The IYCW believes that his example will live on and will continue to inspire all young workers, and the world.

 

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Violence in Venezuela: A statement from our national movement PDF Print E-mail

“This is an attempt to undermine democracy in Venezuela”


altVenezuela has been hit by protests and violence over the last weeks. The demonstrations, originally attributed to students protesting against the high rate of inflation and crime, rapidly degenerated into violent acts that the Venezuelan government and its Mercosur partners (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) described as “attempts to destabilize the democratic order.” President Maduro convened a peace conference “for a fruitful dialogue towards peace and tolerance, to isolate violence”, but so far demonstrations by opponents and supporters of the government have continued.

 

The Venezuela YCW has issued a statement denouncing the role played by the United States, international corporations and major transnational media in supporting the violent opposition and manipulating the information.

 

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International Women’s Day 2014: The IYCW Demands Equal Participation and the Elimination of Gender Discrimination PDF Print E-mail

"A Dignified Life for Women Is Progress For All"


altIt is said that when young women receive equal access to training facilities, education and opportunities, and move on to participate fully in economic decision-making, they are a key driving force against poverty. Young women with equal rights are better educated, healthier, and deliver greater access to land, jobs and financial resources.

 

Women do not freely advance in all spheres of their lives because of discrimination as well as early school dropout due to teenage pregnancies. Their increased earning power in turn raises household incomes. By enhancing women's control over decision-making in the household, gender equality also translates into better prospects and greater wellbeing of children, reducing poverty of future generations.

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Our Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Guest of Honour at the IYCW International Council in South Africa, 1995 PDF Print E-mail

“No matter how unequal the situation, if the people are committed and well organised, then not even the most vicious oppressor can hold them back forever”


altSunday 26th November 1995 was a big day for the South Africa YCW and the 130 delegates of the IYCW International Council. The South African YCW had decided to hold the opening ceremony in the small black township of Oukasie-Brits.

 

The apartheid regime had wanted to wipe Oukasie, a black shanty town, off the map and send its black population 30 km away from there because they were a black spot at the doorstep of a small white city, Brits. The township became a centre of opposition to the regime. The local YCW set up defence committees and a trade union, and thanks to the international campaign in which the International YCW took a very active part, the government was forced to give up its scheme.

 

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The Elimination of Violence against Women: A Priority for the IYCW PDF Print E-mail

Violence against women is not confined to one country or continent, it crosses borders and oceans

 

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, celebrated on 25th November, is an opportunity to look at the statistics released by the international institutions. They are horrifying. According to World Bank data, “women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.” UN figures show that “around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime” and in armed conflict zones, hundreds of thousands of women have been raped.

 

Violence against women is not confined to a specific country or continent, it crosses borders and oceans. It is not confined to a specific culture or social class, it affects all cultures and every stratum of society. It is not only physical but also moral. According to the UN, “the roots of violence against women lie in the historic inequality of power in the relations between men and women and in the persistent discrimination against women.” The IYCW is fully aware of this, and gender equality is precisely one of the key pillars of its international campaign for decent work and a dignified life for all young workers.

 

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