Sub-regional NIS youth conference on trade union campaigning

In Baku, Azerbaijan, the PERC and the Azerbaijanis Trade Union Confederation organised two-day conference of trade union youth from the NIS region 11-12 of August. The conference discussed trade union instruments for communication and trade union campaigns.

Daniela Aleksieva, President of the PERC Youth committee, explained its work and priorities - organising and involvement of young people in union movement, youth employment and vocational education and training. She also underlined the role of youth in making trade union campaigns and actions creative and attractive, with special attention on World Day for Decent Work.

Anton Leppik and Anna Salnikova introduced different campaigns run by the ITUC, including Play Fair, which will have a new momentum in the region linked with the European Football Championship in Ukraine, Olympic games and World Footbal Championship in Russia, the 7 Horrors of the World campaign, youth campaign, and Decisions for Life campaign.

In the course of group work the participants evaluated the existing campaigns and their relevance to the youth of the region, outlined priority actions, for the WDDW, but also for other thematic campaigns. During the conference, representatives of different countries also presented their own positive practices, e.g., united day of action against austerity measures in Russia (solidarity with the EU unions) on 29 September 2010, special internal communication means used by unions in Moldova, youth campaigns in Ukraine, writing skills trade union competition in Georgia, flash-mobs in Bulgaria and Ukraine.

On the occasion of the UN Youth Day of 12 August, the participants were able to debate youth policies and actions together with representatives of the social partners. In that discussion the specific attention was devoted to the concerns of youth, particularly, those coming to the labour market about their skills applicability to the needs of workplaces, about quality of education, housing and family building needs, role of youth in social, political and trade union space in Azerbaijan.

The conference was financially supported by the ILO and the AHIK.

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