young workers

Kenya’s Jane Njoki Helps Lead Future of Young Workers

As a young woman working in her company’s IT department, Jane Muthoni Njoki was frustrated by what she says were employer attempts to push her around because of her youth and sex. But rather than quit her job, which she contemplated, she ran for a leadership position in her union, determined to work with others to make… [READ MORE]

Youth Day: ‘We Are the Voice of Today, Tomorrow’

  • August 11, 2017
  • Solidarity Center

As the global community gets set to mark International Youth Day August 12, young workers around the world faced with a lack of decent jobs increasingly are joining with union movements and worker associations to challenge policies that do not promote an economy that works for all. An estimated 290 million young people are jobless… [READ MORE]

Union-Backed Social Forum Event Draws Young Workers

  • March 30, 2015
  • Hind Cherrouk

More than 60 worker advocates shared strategies for empowering workers, especially women and young workers, trapped in informal economy jobs during last week’s World Social Forum in Tunis, Tunisia. Sponsored by the National Youth Workers Commission of the General Union of Tunisian Workers, (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail, UGTT), together with the Solidarity Center, the… [READ MORE]

Peru Workers Celebrate Repeal of Law Targeting Youth

Workers in Peru are celebrating the repeal this week of a labor law that targeted young workers, a huge victory that followed weeks of street demonstrations and protests by working people and their unions. Peru’s Congress voted 11­4–91 to repeal the law, which reduced salaries and benefits for workers under age 25. A recent poll… [READ MORE]

Report: Tunisia’s Informal Sector Workers Lack Decent Conditions

Tunisia is among many countries around the world seeing rapid growth in their informal economies. In 2013, Tunisia’s informal economy accounted for 38 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), up from 30 percent in 2010. A new study by the Tunisian General Labor Union (Union Générale Tunisienne du Travail, UGTT) and the Solidarity… [READ MORE]