What we do

Young workers are the future of trade unions

By getting active in trade unions, young transport workers have the power to push the labour movement forward.

Watch the video Be Part of Something Big and find out what you’ve got to gain by getting involved. 

What do young workers have to fight for?

  • Equal pay
    The young often get paid less than older workers, creating a two-tier workforce. They are also more likely to receive the minimum wage
  • An end to precarious work
    Young workers’ roles can lack job security; they are more likely to be employed on a temporary basis, especially if work is outsourced
  • Trade union rights
    Many young workers are not unionised, particularly if they’re employed on a casual or temporary basis. This means they can’t exercise their union rights
  • Education and organisation
    Young people are the future of the trade union movement. It’s vital that they understand it and are organised into trade unions 

To find out more about the big issues affecting young workers, visit the young workers’ blog.

What is the young workers’ programme? 

The young workers’ programme was set up after the ITF congress in Durban, South Africa in 2006. Dynamic and evolving, it organises activities to get young workers involved in the trade union movement.  

Our progress to date

Find out how far we’ve come; watch the video Young Transport Workers Link the World

Key milestones 


  • Concept agreed at the ITF congress in Durban 


  • Preparatory work throughout the year 


  • Launch of the programme and creation of Task Group
  • First global Youth Conference
  • Launch of the Brussels Declaration [link to Brussels conference page]


  • Endorsement through executive board and creation of steering committee
  • Spread of the work in all regions of the ITF worldwide 


  • 42nd congress in Mexico acknowledges the requests of the youth steering group and changes its constitution to incorporate a youth committee, as a formal part of the ITF structure. 

For more about ITF’s young workers’ programme, email: young@itf.org.uk

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Yingwani Mahumani

1295 Days Ago
Formulating guidelines for young workers structure in my federation, what age group do you use and why?
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