Recognize International Youth Day by Investing in Opportunities for Young People

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

August 12, 2016

 

RECOGNIZE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY BY INVESTING IN OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

August 12th is International Youth Day, and the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is asking governments and employers to invest more in job training and employment opportunities to help young Canadians break away from the ongoing cycle of precarious work and unemployment.

 

A new study called Diving without a parachute: Young Canadians versus a precarious economy points out some of the challenges and opportunities currently facing young workers in Canada, including those in Saskatchewan.

 

“Young workers are struggling with very high rates of unemployment or underemployment. They are also carrying record high levels of student debt; the average student graduates owing over $25,000,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “Saskatchewan’s situation is even more dire as this province has the second-highest tuition fee rates in Canada – which is a difficult burden for young people to bear as over 70 per cent of new jobs require post-secondary education,” he added.

 

“This demonstrates the importance of a $15 minimum wage, the expansion of the CPP, as well as the need for provincial and national strategies that will create long-term, fairly-paid jobs. Young workers will benefit from all these measures,” said Hubich.

 

Diving without a parachute celebrates millennials as one of the most civic-minded and activist generations in history, and shows that union density among young workers is on the rise.

 

Earlier this year, the SFL hosted a provincial Young Workers’ Conference and Youth Action Summit which brought together a hundred young workers and activists from across the province to discuss among other issues precarious work, income inequality, and just transition to a clean energy economy.

 

“Leadership by young workers in workplaces and unions will shape the future of work and how we respond to the precarious economy. They are a politically-conscious group and increasingly active in their unions,” said Hubich.

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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