The National Young Members Committee (NYMC) had their first meeting of 2014 to set out their plans for the year ahead and get a head start on organising young members.
Convenors reported back that Young Workers Week in November was a success though could have been more tightly organised. The committee was hopeful to build on the experiences and lesson’s learnt for the up coming for the first ever TUC Young Workers Month taking place in March. After several years of PCS pressure and lobbying, the TUC & affiliate unions are running events focused on campaigning & recruiting young people to the trade union movement. The committee agreed to go back to the regions and get organising. Regional convenors will be holding meetings in late Jan/Feb to start planning, so contact your region convenor or regional secretary if you want to get involved. So far, plans include:
- recruiting & organising in branches in target branches
- regional Young Member training events run by young members for young members
- new young member materials for reps & activists to recruit young members
- newsletters & guest blogs
- a political education event specifically aimed at more established young reps
So make sure you and your branch get involved!
In addition to this, the committee began planning for the summer’s Young Member’s Forum, which will be taking place in Leeds this June where we’ll be celebrating the 10 year anniversary since the launch of the YM Network! This event is open to all young members and the circulars should be out in time for Young Workers Month.
Other interesting items included a report back from our National Executive Committee (NEC) liaison officer, Helen Flanagan, planning our intervention for PCS Annual Delegate Conference and discussing our delegation to the TUC Young Member’s Forum at the end of March, where our motion on a youth campaign and a general strike will be debated and voted on by young members from across the TUC.