The General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) is holding its youth conference this weekend, 8 – 10 March. Up to a hundred young people will come together at Yarnfield in Staffordshire to talk about the future of the trade union movement, and young peop …

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The General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) is holding its youth conference this weekend, 8 – 10 March. Up to a hundred young people will come together at Yarnfield in Staffordshire to talk about the future of the trade union movement, and young people’s crucial role.

Some of the things the conference will address include:

Introduction

  • International Women’s Day and the role of women in union.
  • Young People and Work
  • The Role of Unions.
  • The World without Unions
  • Young Workers’ Rights at Work

Our Alternative social and economic strategy

  • Exploding the myths about the economy
  • The new world with strong unions
  • Campaigning for political change
  • Organising and Campaigning
  • Our political and economic alternatives
  • The Economy explained

We will be streaming some of these sessions live, and we invite young people from around the world to log on, say hello and share their experiences.

The live sessions will be: 

Friday 6.40pm GMT – Welcome and introduction 

Saturday 9.30am GMT – Opening talk by Dami Benbow

Saturday 1.30pm GMT – Looking at economic alternatives

Sunday 12.30pm GMT – Handing over of the youth manifesto

You can join for as long or short a time as you like. If you want to speak and share your experiences, we’d love that – but if you’d prefer to just listen, that’s OK too.

Joining instructions

On the right side of the home page there is a box called Web Conference, with a drop down list of meeting rooms. Select the meeting called “GFTU Youth Conference”.

Type in your name, and password 123.

Click ‘Join’, and you will be redirected to the web conference.

A window will pop up asking permission to use your web cam and microphone, as well as the opportunity to choose devices and edit preferences. Allow, and click ‘join audio’. If possible, use a head set, as computer speakers can cause feedback.

Your web cam won’t come on automatically. There is a camera icon in the top left hand corner of the screen. If you click that a video window will open with a ‘play’ button at the bottom. If you click that your video will go live.

If you don’t have a web cam and mic, you can still participate by typing questions into the chat box.

You can ask questions by typing them in the chat area to the right of the screen, or by clicking the hand icon.

 

Full programme:


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