|7 October 2015 - World Day for Decent Work|
YCWAct4Dignity! - From Decent Work to Work with Dignity
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.
Dignified work does not exploit human beings or Nature. It is work that enables human beings to live in harmony with Nature by collectively producing life’s necessities: inclusive, more just and more human. This will enable young workers to assume responsibility for finding solutions to the situations in our local, national and international lives.
These solutions should all be as concrete as possible, and therefore we encourage all activists at all levels to make time to debate and reflect upon the movement’s vision of changing and transforming our system of living, based on the aspirations of young workers who have been exploited and excluded all their lives. This reflection should be progressive, leading us to propose and take concrete action with, by and for young workers. Our action must respond to the root causes of young workers’ reality, extending our movement and its vision, reaching masses of the young people on this Earth. Our belief is that today we are in the thousands; tomorrow we will be in the millions. This should motivate us to continue our commitment to young workers.
Finally, all the international members and I will always be with you in these important and challenging journeys. Long live the YCW!
In solidarity for dignified work,
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