Globalisation, digitalisation, decarbonisation, demographic change; the world of work is undergoing multiple transformations. In this context, trade unions must develop new strategies in order to be able to respond to current as well as future challenges on the labor market and to secure their position as social and political actors.
A central challenge in this context is, among other things, the decline in union membership and the lack of young members. Together with the youth of industriALL Europe, the Competence Centre on the Future of Work wants to strengthen young trade unionists. For this reason, the Competence Center has supported young members of industriALL Europe in developing a Youth Action Plan that outlines the precarious situation of European trade unions and calls for a reorientation with a focus on young workers and their inclusion in trade unions.
A first kick-off meeting for the development of a list of demands already took place in December 2021 in Poland. During a follow up meeting in June 2022 in Romania, also organized by the Competence Centre on the Future of Work together with indurtriALL Europe, young trade unionist could work as a next step on their national action plans and their implementation.
It became clear that the young trade unionist from different European countries face similar challenges. Based on the discussion they formulated the following demands:
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