The team is made up of representatives from the host unions in Singapore and international youth committee members representing women transport workers, industrial transport sections and each of the ITF regions. The group has been specifically put together in recognition of the need for ITF young transport workers to be given the opportunity for practical input into the political and campaigning future of the ITF.
Terence Tan from the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) said: “To be one of the host unions for ITF congress is an awesome privilege and having this kind of direct input as a young worker is an opportunity to showcase what young people in SMOU are proactively doing to be involved in the union and the work issues they care about.
“The future of work and automation are high on our agenda and these will be the major themes at the congress next year and young people need to be heavily involved in these discussions and debates.”
The group visited the high-tech congress venue and gave their first thoughts to their plans to make sure young transport workers have both visibility at congress itself but also establish a legacy from the event.
Fatima Ajouz from the Lebanese Cabin Crew Union said: “We hope there will be more young transport workers at congress than ever before who will be playing an active role in the event, but also setting out their agenda and direction onwards from Singapore so that they are embedded in the campaigning and organising work of the ITF.
“Yes we want to be visible at congress – we want the t-shirts and the flags, but we also want what youth think and do to be embedded in the work and agenda of the ITF. We want to show that technology can be positive for workers and that young people can help drive social change.”