Issue date
Thursday, August 17, 2017
About this resource

We have produced this briefing for reps and officers to help them bargain and create campaigns on issues that young workers care and are concerned about, so that no young person is left behind, and the union movement thrives.

Young reps

Everyone should have the chance of a decent job and career, no matter what their age. But young people are most likely to experience unemployment, underemployment, low wages, casual and temporary work, zero-hours contracts and workplace exploitation.

They are also least likely to be in a trade union, know their rights or have the skills or the knowledge to demand more from their employers.

As unions we want to engage and recruit all young workers. Given they are most likely to work at the sharp end of the economy, they stand to benefit most from membership. And because union members tend to be older than employees across the economy, it’s important for the survival of the movement that we recruit and organise young workers, and develop the next generation of trade unionists.

Young people deserve a great job like anyone else, where they are paid and treated fairly, where they get an opportunity to progress, have their voices heard and their rights upheld.

We have produced this briefing for reps and officers to help them bargain and create campaigns on issues that young workers care and are concerned about, so that no young person is left behind, and the union movement thrives.