Young Machinists Attend Montreal Transport Conference

The International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) Youth Conference was held in Montreal, Canada last week exclusively for young transport workers. Attendees included youth activists from 54 ITF affiliate unions from 28 countries, including IAM Transportation members. The conference explored strategies to build and mobilize international solidarity in the global transport sector. Youth activists also grappled […]


October 1, 2012

Young transport workers pledge action at global conference

Young transport workers from around the world are set to take action in a number of key areas, after they drafted plans at the ITF youth conference this week in Montreal, Canada. One hundred and twenty youth activists from 54 unions in 28 countries were attending the ITF youth conference from 17-19 September where they […]


September 20, 2012

“We have made a lot of friends in the ITF and we continue to keep our relationship alive and strong” says Paolo Cestoni

I am Paolo Cestoni from U.P.S.A in Argentina.  We have 2000 members, meaning we are a small union in the Argentina. I work for my union 90% of my time; there is a lot of work to be done, especially with the government! Nowadays there are many problems in the social dialog, but we need […]


September 19, 2012

Member from Unite the Union shares her experiences from the young workers conference

I am Lindsey Olliver from Unite the Union in Great Britain.  I represent cabin crew, I work on a plane. I joined my union because I kept complaining about the working conditions so I decided to take action. It is really important to take care of your members! We are at the moment recruiting a lot […]


Precarious work is the focus of the second day of the young workers conference

Delegates on the second day of the conference heard a presentation from Dave Spooner of the Global Labour Institute on precarious work. The discussion included the definition of a precarious worker and how do unions organise these group of workers.   The conference then broke into working groups: Campaigning and Organising, Building Stronger Unions Building Networks, […]


September 18, 2012

Young activists come together for the ITF Young Transport Workers Conference

120 young activists from 54 unions in 28 countries came together at the ITF Young Transport Workers Conference which began today, Monday 17 September in Montreal. David Cockroft, General Secretary of the ITF opened the conference.  He called for the young activists to encourage their unions to engage more in international work. Jonathan Neale, writer […]


September 17, 2012

ITF Youth Officer looks ahead to the ITF Young Transport Workers Conference

Ingo Marowsky has been the ITF Youth Officer since 2008.  With less than a week to go until the ITF Young Transport Workers Conference in Montreal, he outlines the key issues that the event will focus on together with his hopes for what will be achieved at the first inter-congress conference. For me, this event is going to be […]


September 12, 2012

“I hope to learn from everyone the skills to give confidence to workers who are afraid of joining the union and taking part in our campaigns” says Fredrik

Hi, my name is Fredrik Fan. I’m a 23-year-old organiser of the Union of Hong Kong Dockers. There is a committee consisting of the young organisers in our union, aiming to sustain the commitment of the internship students at our union, and to explore young worker issues. The main problems that the young workers have […]


September 3, 2012

‘Young people should not be seen more as a separate category but as an integral part of the union structure’ says Sara

Hello my name is Sara Tripodi. I work for the trade union FILT-CGIL.  I have worked full time for the union since February, before I worked for the Italian railways company Trenitalia. I’m in charge of railway workers, but recently I got a secretarial job that will allow me to follow workers in other sectors such as […]


August 30, 2012

‘We need to highlight the importance of youth structures’ says Sharon

  Hi, I am Sharon Li, an Asia-Pacific Region representative in the ITF Young Transport Workers Committee. I am working with the Singapore Organisation of Seamen in Singapore. I feel that having an inter-congress conference allows young workers and activists to air their concerns and views, which would in turn impact the current and future […]