|Act for dignity and the future of work|
International Week of Young Workers and May Day 2016
The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) salutes all Young Workers in their struggle for dignity in this current most challenging time. The International Week of Young Workers (IWYW) is a week that the IYCW initiated in 1984, dedicated to the life and work of young workers.
This important week promotes the actions of young workers aimed at changing their working conditions, the society in which they live, and their personal lives towards the new society that we are dreaming of.
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. The National Week of Young Workers started in 1970 and became international in 1985 upon decision of the world council held in Madrid, Spain in 1984.
Since then the IYCW has been choosing a theme on young people's reality every year, and through countless numbers of activities, solutions related to the topic are looked for and debated. From 24th – 30th April 2016, yet again, we will celebrate the International Week of Young Workers under the theme of “Act for dignity and the future of work”.
In doing so, the IYCW wants to emphasize the importance of local action carried out by young workers against oppression in their day-to-day lives, which is rooted in the class system that has always used it as a way to maintain the domination of the wealthiest and most powerful over the remaining.
Therefore, we would like to encourage each IYCW activist at whatever level to:
Firstly, take initiative, organizing groups of young workers, to See your reality, Judge it and Act for change based on your very own living and working reality.
Secondly, publicly share the reality and the actions you are organizing in your factory, neighborhood and parish so that it becomes a national or even an international issue. By doing so, you are contributing to the effort of building international solidarity and shaping the future of work.
Thirdly, strengthen the network with other like-minded organizations and movements to voice out louder the reality and demands of young workers to different institutions, leading them to work on social issues, and to the society in order to raise awareness.
Fourthly, organize a payday appeal among all the leaders and former YCWers throughout the country to contribute with 1% of their income to the IYCW. You may do so by organizing an activity, a forum, a meeting or training.
We, as an international movement, have a responsibility to contribute to shaping the future of work, work that respects all human beings and nature, work that gives priority to use value over exchange value, work that reorganizes collective life through the generalization of democracy in social relations and institutions, work that makes it possible to establish interculturalism through exchange and interaction.
Act for dignity and the future of work is not an option but a necessity to give each and every human being the decent life he/she longs for. This is what we really believe in, what we campaign for, what we stand for.
We therefore encourage all young workers around the world to maximize the International Week celebrations from 24th to 30th April 2016 and May Day, 1st of May 2016, to display your courage and solidarity and to raise your voices for a better and more humane world.
Together, we are conquering the world!
Ludovicus Mardiyono Andy Predicala
International President International Treasurer