ÖGB raises young people’s awareness of the links between the SDGs, working conditions and the environment

The union has produced a series of printed materials and developed a project on democracy in the world of work to reach young people between 15-25 year-olds.

The International Department of the Austrian Trade Union Confederation (ÖGB) and its development policy project, Working Globally (weltumspannend arbeiten) has produced a series of new materials to bring the SDGs closer to a young audience.

Movements like Fridays for Future have shown that many young people are very interested in topics that affect their future. ÖGB’s Working Globally knows by experience that young people are open to questions about development policies and enthusiastic about campaigning on them.

With these materials, the union wants to show the linkages between working conditions, the environment and development to young people between 15-25 year-old engaged in vocational training or who are already working (apprentices, young employees).

"We want to show that trade unions stand for global justice, and what could be more unfair than leaving a broken planet to young people?", explains Elisabeth Kerndl at International Department of the Austrian Trade Union Federation.

The materials are a series of printed tools, including a compact folder that shows the urgency about implementing the SDGs and a comic book dedicated to the 17 SDGs. This book which was created in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. It is available in English, French, German and Kinyarwanda.

All the materials will be used in the project “Democracy in the global world of work”, through which ÖGB focusses on the following three SDGs:

  • Goal 5: gender equality
  • Goal 8: Decent Work
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions



For more information
Contact Michael Woegerer, ÖGB International Dept. / Weltumspannend Arbeiten