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Young Filipino workers pledge to be dynamic actors in society

The trade union activists discussed the problems they face as young workers and developed a detailed action plan to sustain communication and effective coordination and build young workers’ power.

The workshop was organized with the support of the Swedish union federation Union to Union under the building union power project, which is designed to raise young workers’ awareness of global and national labour relations, while paying special attention to the issues young workers confront.

During the workshop, the participants spoke about their own experiences of being young workers at their respective workplaces. This activity helped them to identify future challenges their trade unions will have to address.

Another session called “idea factory” allowed participants to explore the issues that are particularly impacting young workers, including the rise in precarious employment, low wages and poverty, that further deteriorates working and living conditions of workers and society in general.

At the end of the workshop the participants remained very optimistic about their future as the change agents and dynamic actors within the society. The participants presented the group action plan gearing towards more active participation in trade union activities and recruiting more young workers from all walks of life.

Among other points for action, the participants resolved to increase youth representation, organize young workers and conduct more workers’ education programmes.

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