TUC Young Workers call for jobs, fair pay and a future that works
Over 100 young trade unionists came together in London at the weekend for the annual TUC Young Members Conference.
In a week in which it was announced that youth unemployment had increased and is again nearing 1 million, the conference was dominated by the impact of the government’s austerity polices on young people. In addition to youth unemployment, motions on fair pay for young workers, housing, pensions and access to quality work experience were also debated.
As well as discussing motions submitted by TUC unions, delegates at the conference also attended workshops on effective local campaigning, working with Student Unions and Credit Unions.
Delegates also heard about plans to put the TUC Young Members Forum on a campaign footing and also make the way it operates the work it does more inclusive. Future meetings of the Young Workers Forum (as it will be called after ratification by the TUC General Council) will be held in TUC regions and will be open to all young workers, regardless of whether they are in a union.