Young people today feel more and more disengaged with participation in organisations, activism or decision-making structures as the economic and social difficulties they face persevere. There is a discrepancy between guaranteed social rights and what is experienced by young people in reality. On top of issues, such as job insecurity or unpaid internships, discrimination at work, unfair working conditions and precarity are the challenges young people face across Europe.
Globalisation and technological advancements – in digitisation in particular – have been very influential in shaping young people’s current situation on the labour market, with particular effects on the types and quality of jobs available.
Age-based discrimination is the most prevalent form of discrimination at work, with young workers among those reporting the highest levels of discrimination.
Until today, there are no functioning labour legislations that protect the population in many Eastern member states of the CoE. The fatal occupational accidents in the Commonwealth of Independent States are majorly caused by open contact with hazardous substances and the lack of safety norms at construction. In some countries (Georgia, Russia, Belarus and Greece) there is no Labour inspection, or it is not mandatory. In most cases there are no support mechanisms for advocating for decent working conditions and the demands of the youth is often opposed to the interests of the investors, causing the states fail to implement the recommendations of the CoE. In addition to that, the social protection schemes and welfare systems in the region are very weak or nonexistent.
Some countries are in the state of ongoing armed conflicts (Russia and Ukraine, or Armenia and Azerbaijan) or have unresolved territorial disputes (Kosovo, Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, Abkhazia) which make the social and economic conditions unbearable for the youth displaced, or living in those regions.
Displaced people cannot continue to work or keep their businesses open, causing damage to the economy of countries involved; the economic and social stagnation can continue for decades and naturally, does affect the life of the youth.
This is why Cooperation and Development Network (CDN) and Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) are organising a study session “Work that Works for all: Shaping Europe’s Future of Work” which will take place from 12th to 17th of October 2020 in the European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary. The arrival date for the participants is 11th and departure date on 18th.
With this activity we aim to empower 40 young Europeans in accessing their social rights – the right to decent work (the right to work, and the right to adequate social protection) and support them in becoming agents of change in their local communities through human rights education. This will be done by meeting the following objectives:
- To explore the legal, structural and societal challenges and barriers young people face while accessing their right to decent work in different European countries;
- To deepen participants’ understanding of youth unemployment and youth precarity, their social (political, economic) and individual (physical and mental health) consequences, and the intersection of these consequences;
- To explore the existing opportunities and initiatives for young people in accessing meaningful work, adequate standard of living and social security, as well as to develop participants’ understanding and solidarity about the social and economic conditions their peers are facing;
- To equip the participants and their organisations with the tools for countering the challenges and consequences of inaccessible Social rights.
This youth event will be based on Non Formal Education methodology.
Call for the Participants