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Feature: Young workers feel global financial crisis, trade unions to the rescue

Manila (March 5) -- The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) with assistance from the International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) will hold a two-day National Youth Workshop for Decent Work under Global Crisis on March 12-13, 2010 at Kimberly Hotel Tagaytay.

Around 30 motivated and dedicated youth representatives, leaders and youth advocates from TUCP affiliates across industries including manufacturing, public sector, automotive, services, electronics, media and informal sector and youth partners in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will participate in the program.

"It is important to work directly with young people. This conference is a perfect setting to interact, hear young people?s voice, their experiences, lessons learned, challenges and successes," says TUCP General Secretary Ernesto Herrera.

This activity will give young people opportunities to participate and contribute in workshops covering topics such as youth employment in times of crisis, youth in trade unions, the ITUC-AP Youth Charter and local actions, and accessing assistance funds and programs on youth, among other issues.

"This conference is very timely and needed especially that young people have been disproportionately affected by the global financial crisis."

"We need to invest more attention and priority on youth to harness their potentials in nation building. Many of TUCP programs target young people and their families, including employment facilitation and training, reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, human trafficking, youth leadership, climate change and green jobs, child labor monitoring," added Herrera.

"I look forward to attending the conference. This is a great opportunity to meet other youth with similar interests and challenges. The topics are pertinent especially on accessing assistance funds and programs for youth," says Ann Dumaraog, Union Secretary for Education of Kilusan sa Jolibee.

This conference will highlight discussions on the challenges that young people face in the labor market especially during difficult economic times and explore ways of addressing these challenges, and particularly promoting the rights and conditions of young people at work.

Experts on youth employment issues from the International Labor Organization (ILO), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Japanese Embassy of Manila and the ITUC-AP will provide information on government, intergovernmental and trade union responses to the crisis and the steps that had been taken to protect and promote youth employment and their rights.

"The TUCP and ITUC-AP is looking forward to continuing their commitment to implement measures to improve the actual participation and contribution of young people in youth employment activities and decision-making processes and increase their involvement in trade union activities," concluded Herrera. (ALF/PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]

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