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Youth Employment is the way out of crisis workshop

15 April 2013
The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and over 75 million youth worldwide are looking for work. Trade unions play an important role in providing a voice for young workers.

During the workshop, participants from several continents shared their views on youth policies and initiatives that are being developed. While some underlined the need to increase the employability of young people, others contended that it the only way out is by creating more jobs.

There was a general feeling that employers should contribute more to training young people on the job, that employment schemes that reduce social costs in case of hiring young workers are unjustified subsidies to employers, and that austerity measures contribute to exploitative situations.

Participants from the MENA region also reflected on the role that young people played in the Arab spring, with clear demands for more and better jobs. Most of the promises made have not been carried out yet and representation of young people in government is close to zero.

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