CUPE joins governments and organizations around the world today to celebrate youth and mark International Youth Day.
“Young people play an important role as CUPE activists,” says Paul Moist, CUPE national president. “The commitment, energy and passion they bring to our union helps sustain our work for economic and social justice.”
CUPE’s National Young Workers Committee builds links with social justice groups pushing for pay equity, living wages, childcare, women’s rights, and works with labour groups on youth issues. The Committee is working towards mentorship opportunities and succession planning at all levels of CUPE.
The National Young Workers Committee encourages all locals to help young workers to participate at all levels.
In British Columbia, CUPE BC held the young workers conference at Naramata in July. Delegates attended workshops on a series of topics – from stewarding to privatization, from being an ally for equality to health and safety. They explored the role of unions in society and looked at the effect of economic globalization.
International Youth Day was designated by the United Nations in 1999 as an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues worldwide.