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ITUC-AP Regional Workshop on Advancing Youth Charter

The Regional Workshop on Advancing Youth Charter was held on 6-7 May 2014 at the NTUC Club Down Town East, Singapore. The Workshop brought together 17 active young trade unionists from 17 countries in Asia and the Pacific Region, with an aim to review achievements, share good practices, identify persisting challenges and discuss policy priorities in order to develop a new ITUC-AP Youth Charter, which will better address the current and forthcoming challenges on mainstreaming youth in the region.

After reviewing general trends of youth employment and the youth trade union movement in the region for the past several years, through extensive discussions, the participants identified key issues and trade union actions for the following 4 areas: 1. Increase Young People’s Access to Quality Job Opportunities; 2. Promote Decent Working Conditions for Young Working Men and Women; 3. Raise Special Attention to Social Isolation of Youth at Risk; and 4. More Youth in the Mainstream of the Trade Union Movement.

The Workshop recognised that young people are the one who are firstly hit by ever-changing economy, therefore, it is an urgent need to develop comprehensive yet detailed employment policies, public schemes and trade union actions which respond to young people’s needs and aspiration in a timely manner.

Particularly, the participants agreed that organising the unorganised, maximising the power of youth, and also ensuring the young people’s ownership are keys to the rapid yet sustainable advancement of the youth trade union movement, which leads to the promotion of decent work for young people.

The ITUC-AP Youth Charter 2015-2019, which will be submitted to the 3rd ITUC-AP Regional Conference 2015 for its adoption, will serve as guidelines to strengthen the youth trade union movement in the region for the coming 4 yours.