The Scottish Trades Union Congress’ (STUC) virtual Youth Conference will be open to all Young Trade Union Members across Scotland as guest participants. Any Trade Union Member under 30 years of age would be very welcome to come along and participate and be part of the online Youth Conference as a guest.
Guests will not have voting rights, and on this occasion will not be able to put themselves forward to join the STUC Youth Committee. However, all guests will be involved as full participants throughout the day in the Conference workshops, debates, and panel session discussions.
This is also a great opportunity for Younger Members to learn, network, and organise with other younger people across our movement. Moreover, this is also a great opportunity for young members to gain more insight into how Conferences work.
In addition to Conference motions, there will be a variety of workshops and panel discussion sessions including:
An Ice-breaker welcome workshop.
This workshop will provide delegates and guests with the opportunity to get to know each other and act as a brainstorming exercise on engaging, recruiting, and retaining young people in unions
This workshop will also offer guests and delegates to reflect on the key impacts and experiences of Covid-19 on younger workers/people and offer the opportunity to share examples of successful organising, industrial, community, and political wins and campaigns for Young Workers.
The session will also give all delegates and guest the chance to think about how the STUC can build an effective, visible, and successful Trade Union Youth Network/Movement.
Panel Session Discussion 1: Exploring the Challenges Facing Young People and Our Communities, and Organising for Change
From workplace challenges to poverty, housing issues, an educational crisis, industries collapsing, and a bleak immigration system, this panel sessions will explore some of the key issues that Young Workers/People and Communities are facing, whilst also showcasing some examples of community organising and fighting back to demand change.
There will be key contributions then an open discussion. There will also be a short musical entertainment performance before lunch by Young Musician Trade Unionists and key panelists.
Panel Session Discussion 2: The Future of Young Trade Unionists and The Trade Union Movement
This panel session will focus on looking at the future of the Trade Union Movement and the role Young Trade Unionists and Young Workers play in this. All Trade Union Centres across the British Isles and Ireland will be represented by a Young Member on the panel. There will also be a Young Member from the Avalot UGT, Catalonia Trade Union.
The conference will take place over Zoom on Saturday 26 June, 10:00 am - 4:05 pm. Register your place on Eventbrite, and you will be sent a Zoom link and full conference agenda ahead of the event.