BWI’s International Youth Committee held an online meeting on 13 May. It discussed the urgent need to empower young people by helping them find their voice in the middle of a pandemic through popular mobilisations and campaigns.
The meeting was attended by young leaders representing BWI regions, observers from Asia Pacific and Africa MENA, BWI regional representatives and staff, and BWI General Secretary Ambet Yuson.
The Committee members shared the latest developments on COVID-19 and its effects on young workers. They said that unions are increasingly becoming popular to many young workers as a vehicle to provide humanitarian aid and protect working people’s rights and welfare during the global health crisis.
Yuson encouraged the young unionists to take the initiative in ushering in a new wave of organising among workers. “With the advent of the ‘new normal,’ we need to adapt and be innovative. History has taught us that the youth is a constant catalyst of change. I expect the IYC to take the lead in new ways of union organising. You have the opportunity to shape the future.”
The meeting scheduled common days for global and regional youth actions. The International Youth Day on 12 August will remain IYC’s main event. The IYC will also play a major role in BWI’s Decent Work Day campaign on 7 October.
The committee will meet again in June to finalise plans for the August and October events.