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Held in November every year, TUC Young Workers Month promotes trade unions to young workers and shows how unions are relevant to their lives at work and beyond.

It is an opportunity for unions to campaign on the most important issues for young workers, give a platform to their organising activities and demonstrate the value that young members bring to the trade union movement.

This page will be updated over the next few months. Unions can use the resources and information below to help plan activities for November 2019.

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Young Workers Month 2019

In 2019, we are focusing on mental health

A mental health crisis is gripping our workplaces. Unhealthy working practices, low pay, insecure work, bullying and a lack of control – young people’s experience of work is increasingly causing poor mental health. Unions must hold employers to account – to reduce stress, improve terms and conditions, and support young workers with their mental health at work.

Resources

Talking mental health - webinar for reps
This webinar looks at the practical ways for union reps to promote good mental health in the workplace and offer support to workers who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

Getting by and getting on - A guide for reps about issues affecting young workers
A briefing for reps and officers to help bargain and campaign on issues that impact young workers.

My Union, My Voice - inspiring stories from young trade union reps
This booklet tells the inspiring stories of young workers who not only joined a union, but joined in too.

Research

"I feel like I can't change anything"- Britain’s young core workers speak out about work (PDF)
This report takes a deeper look at the labour market trends affecting Britain’s young core workers and sets out the findings from our user-led research with young core workers.

Living for the Weekend - Understanding Britain’s young core workers (PDF)
Britain’s young core workers are at the sharpest end of the UK economy – and have the most to gain from trade union membership. Yet fewer than ten per cent are union members. This report sets the characteristics of young core workers, perspectives on their experience of the workplace, and the key challenges they face at work. It also attempts to dig deeper – looking at their attitudes and values towards work and society.

Blogs

Talking

Mental health at work – time to tackle workplace stress and discrimination 

Too many workers are facing mental ill health due to poor treatment and conditions at work

 

 

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Organising for the future - how young trade unionists are leading the way

TUC Yorkshire and the Humber region have developed the Summer Patrol, an exciting new initiative to engage young workers. The project sent groups of young trade unionists from Yorkshire and Norway into workplaces across Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley. It helped us to connect with young workers in a different way, giving them a positive introduction to trade unions.

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To reach young workers, trade unionists need to step outside their comfort zone

Clare Coatman manages the TUC’s programme to reach younger workers. She tells her own story of exploitation at work and how that spurred her to join a union and make a difference.