Leadership Training – Liberia

May 10, 2016

Joshua S Wilson, Africa Representative of ITF Young Transport Workers Committee, reports on Leadership Training workshop for ITF Young Worker Committee members, Liberia held on April 12, 2016.

Cross section of young workers with comrades Bayla Sow and David Sackoh Secretary General Liberia Labour Congress, and outgoing Chairman, NCC-ITF Liberia Chapter

Cross section of young workers with comrades Bayla Sow and David Sackoh Secretary General Liberia Labour Congress, and outgoing Chairman, NCC-ITF Liberia Chapter .

On 12 April, a leadership training workshop for NCC Youth Committee took place with “four levels implementation under the ITF and ITC’s” at J. B. McGill Labour Center Liberia Labour Congress, J.J.Y. Community, Gardnersville, Liberia.

There were 23 participants with 10 women participants from cross section of Transport workers.

Joshua: “National Unions affiliating with the ITF, allied with us to see young workers participating in the workshop. Senior union leaders were able to give young workers the time to participate in this workshop with their full support”.

Comrade Bayla Sow, ITF Francophone Representative facilitated the workshop training.

road group participants workshop

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges

The Youth Committee identified main challenges for the youth involvement in unions. Currently the “youth involvement in union activities are very weak because of threat to their jobs by management about union activities and involvement”.

Unions have also neglected youths as many youths are unaware of “their roles in trade union activities” and many unions, “lack youth structures”. These may have combined to create youth apathy, thinking they cannot make a difference or it is not for them so they “don’t want to shoulder responsibility”.

Groups break out into their own sections to specific issues in their industry for young workers and find solutions to resolve them.

Bayla Sowmaritime discussion

Steps taken to improve performance

The youth committee set out to try to resolves those challenges with steps to empower youth with campaigns for “Youth capacity building” and “Promoting youth independence”.

They recommended using modern technologies social media network groups such as; Facebook, whatsapp, twitter, viber, email, blog, etc. to reach out to youth, give them better access to union information, and freedom so discuss amongst themselves. The unions should promote their use within the organisations and provide training for their use for everyone. As we cannot rely entirely on technology, social contact is important and it is recommendation to organise periodic meeting with youth and this also generates the feeds for the social media network groups.

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Call to all members of the ITF young workers network: please send us your stories, share your campaigns and tell us about your activism.

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