STUC’s Youth Committee hold 81st Youth Conference, call for more support for young carers and end to zero hour contracts

June 24th 2021

STUC’s Youth Committee hold 81st Youth Conference, call for more support for young carers and end to zero hour contracts

June 24th 2021

STUC’s Youth Committee hold 81st Youth Conference, call for more support for young carers and end to zero hour contracts

This Saturday, young workers from across Scotland will meet online at the 81st STUC Youth Conference.

As well as musical acts and networking sessions, the annual Conference will debate the key issues affecting young workers with motions covering:

  • Developing a political education project to empower young people
  • Supporting young carers by lobbying Scottish Government to expand the Young Carer Grant to reduce financial hardship
  • Ending zero hours contracts once and for all

STUC General Secretary, Roz Foyer stated:

“As we ease further out of lockdown it’s important that we don’t go back to a pre Covid19 Scotland which saw mass unemployment, zero hours contracts and precarious work which especially affected young workers.

“We need to support young workers by campaigning to improve terms and conditions at work, challenge the public sector pay freeze and ensure the future of workers are protected by starting the workplace pension auto enrolment scheme at age 18 instead of 22.

“We all can see that the world of work is changing rapidly with increased digitalization and automation coming in, and trade unions can help with collectivising younger workers to get a better deal and a better standard of living.

“The trade union movement has always ensured that the voices of young workers are heard, and in the period ahead young people will need the support of trade unions like never before.”

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