Charter For Young Workers to be signed at Welsh Assembly
First Minister Mark Drakeford will today (Wednesday) meet the first Welsh employers to sign a charter which will make a real difference to the quality of life of their younger workers.
At an event at the Senedd, Mr Drakeford will meet representatives of Careers Wales and Cardiff Council for a special signing of the #RespectYourYouth Charter, developed by the public services union, UNISON Cymru Wales. A delegation of young workers will also be present.
UNISON’s young members are lobbying all employers to sign their Charter because they argue young people’s prospects are deteriorating across Wales.
UNISON’s #RespectYourYouth Charter has five demands: the implementation of the Real Living Wage irrespective of age, quality apprenticeships, fair employment, workplace equality and increased training opportunities.
Tanya Palmer, UNISON Cymru Wales acting regional secretary said: “"Wales has one of the highest levels of youth unemployment in the UK and many apprenticeships do not offer real training or a progression route."
“Young people have been disproportionately hit by the UK Government’s severe spending cuts and face university tuition fees, increasing use of zero hour contracts and a "living wage" that pays younger people less than their older colleagues."
“Working Wales does just that, making it easier for young people and adults to access the right support at the right time. It will see us work more collaboratively with partner organisations to ensure individuals are referred on to support and programmes appropriate to them and will enable us to work more closely with young people and adults across Wales, ultimately empowering them to gain the skills and experience that we know employers are looking for.”
“We have to do better by our young people and that’s why it’s so important Welsh employers sign our #RespectYourYouth Charter. Well done Careers Wales and Cardiff Council for showing that all employers can take practical, important steps to help the next generation.”
Mark Drakeford AM, said: “We are working hard to make Wales a fair work nation where we support all workers and invest in young people. I am delighted Careers Wales and Cardiff Council are adopting UNISON’s #RespectYourYouth Charter. The Charter makes sense for employers and government too. I encourage other organisations and politicians to sign up and give young workers the best possible start in life.”
Mark Drakeford was the first Assembly Member to sign the #RespectYourYouth Charter in November 2018 during Young Workers’ month.
A video on UNISON Cymru/Wales Young Members’ work can be found here