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The TUC works to promote union membership amongst young workers and campaigns for better pay, employment rights and employment opportunities for young people.

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Living for the Weekend - Understanding Britain’s young core workers

Unions exist to represent everyone at work, yet very few young workers are union members. The TUC looked at the group of young workers who would most benefit from being in a union and has produced this report to help unions with their organising efforts.

Young workers month

Young Workers Month is held every year in November. It is an opportunity for union reps, activists and campaigners to reach out and inform young workers about trade unions and ensure that there are sufficient opportunities for young people to get involved and play an active role in shaping the movement. Find out more

My Union, My VoiceMy Union, My Voice - inspiring stories from young trade union reps

Tells the inspiring stories of young workers who not only joined a union, but joined in too! 

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Mental health at work: A young workers’ guide

Mental health at work: A young workers’ guide

The guide provides information on supporting individuals with mental health issues in the workplace and the practical steps that can be taken by trade union reps and employers to promote a healthy workplace.

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Young Workers month is coming 1st - 30th November - are you ready?
19 October 2016
Unions exist to represent everyone at work, yet very few young workers are union members. This summary and the full report are intended to help unions in their organising efforts. The TUC looked at the group of young workers who would most benefit from being in a union. We have...
12 September 2016
Yorkshire and the Humber TUC campaign plan for 2016-17 is published.
22 June 2016
"I was 16 years old and living at home when I came out as gay to my Mum and her boyfriend. He said I was disgusting. He told me I'd be a bad influence on my sisters. He wanted me to leave. He said to my Mum that she had...
07 June 2016
To find out the latest from the TUC Young Workers forum download the bulletin below. This bulletin contains updates from the most recent meeting in London on 16th January 2016
25 January 2016
Commenting on the vote expected to take place today (Tuesday) in the House of Commons on a decision by the House of Lords that the voting age should be lowered to 16 for the EU referendum, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The EU referendum will seal the fate of...
08 December 2015
To coincide with Young Workers Month the Young Workers Forum held a social and organising meeting on Saturday November 7 th . During the meeting the young workers discussed a number of topics. A summary if the discussions is outlined below: Have you had any issues at work? If so,...
07 December 2015
#YWM15 The month kicked off amid targeted action by trade unions against the Government’s Trade Union Bill . Young workers had their say in the campaign expressing their support for the right to strike. A Stronger Unions blog set out the challenges young people face in the workplace and why...
04 December 2015
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04 November 2015