Young Workers Week – launches next week!

Lee Vernon, YM National Chair

From the 25th November to December 1st, the annual Young Workers Week will be taking place across the PCS. Organised by young members and for young members, the aim of the week is to put youth issues at the forefront of the union and recognise that we need to focus on getting young people involved in the trade union movement if we want it to survive. Not content with just talking about it, we’ve organised taking this message into workplaces and going to be actively trying to recruit new young members and organise new reps.

Over the last 3 months, the National Young Members Committee as well Young Members Officers, branches and reps across the country have been preparing to target key workplaces for recruitment and organising, holding socials and regional meetings.

What are you doing for Young Workers Week?

We want all branches to be involved in getting the message out and there’s no excuse for not being involved.

A few ideas include:

  • Sign up your YMs to the Network (link above)
  • Target recruiting young people in your workplace
  • Send out the latest YM Newsletter members
  • Ask a young member to come to your BEC, convince them to become a rep
  • Organise leafleting outside your workplace
  • Get activists and members to take pictures explaining why they support young workers week

Recruitment leaflets and posters aimed at Young Members are available from the Resources page from the Menu above, as well as the latest Young Members Newsletter and a YWW “speech bubble” that you print off and explain why you’re supporting Young Workers Week, then tweet it @YMN or #pcsyww. Send in reports so we can publicise successes and ensure we’re constantly building on what works for future events.  

If you want ideas or support for your workplace, get in touch with your regional YM convenor or PCS regional organiser.

Young Members across the TUC

This year, PCS is not alone in focusing on young members this month. Both UNITE and the GMB have held national and regional young members events for the first time and the South East Regional TUC YMs, with the support of the PCS, is actively promoting Young Workers Month (excellent website here for more). Not content enough though, we’re all involved in working the with the TUC Young Members Forum to launch a national TUC wide, and beyond, Young Workers Month next March which we want to involve not just young trade unionists, but students, the unemployed and all young people.

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