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Metal Allied Namibian Workers union (MANWU) held from 7th to 9th June 2012 its first ever youth conference in Windhoek with the participation of young workers from all 7 MANWU Branches.
The conference facilitated by Herbert and Justina Jonas was supported by SASK in collaboration with METALII and has given opportunity for the first time to meet and discuss issues of youth interest with successful output.
The main objectives of the conference were to discuss:
- challenges young people are facing in the sector and entire labour movement
- the current situation of young people in Namibia
- why young people are not joining the union
- the content of BWI Youth program and draft policy
- The way forward towards MANWU congress in August.
In the history of MANWU and its national center NUNW, the youth conference was the first ever organised and for that it has been of high importance for the union leadership.
“We want to start grooming young leaders now, not tomorrow” said Evalistus Kaaronda the Secretary General of the national center. Following in his motivation speech, Kaaronda has shown to the young workers the challenges he faced when He was young and still facing and encourages them to stand to what they believe and in the interest of the union.
For Bernard Millnga General Secretary of MANWU, the future of youth start today not tomorrow; and for that raison, young workers must work hard in the union to build this future. He encourages young workers to organise other young workers to join the union and strongly asks them to start attending union activities as that is the only way to build strong union.
The conference came up with some resolutions which will lead MANWU young workers for next coming years.
- Urgent need of IT Training to make it possible for social network
- Creation of projects to alleviate unemployment in the country
- Make campaigns against corruption in the country
- Visit Vocational Training Centers and Schools to educate youth about the union activities
- Provide leadership training for young people
- MANWU to have a youth policy and program in place.