Trade Union Youth

DGB-Jugend/Simone M. Neumann

Young workers are under-represented in trade unions across Europe. We promote the participation of young trade union members on regional and European level by supporting regional network meetings and the development of communication tools.

Young workers are under-represented in trade unions across Europe. For a variety of reasons, including the changing world of work, young workers tend to not join a union. At the same time, young workers face specific challenges on the labour market: they are especially vulnerable to unemployment, poor working conditions, low wages and lack of social protection. Without a new generation of members, Unions have no future. Young trade union members have the potential for innovation and for modernizing trade union structures.

We promote the participation of young trade union members on regional and European level by supporting regional networks such as the Central European Young Trade Unionists Network (CEYTUN), a biannual meeting point for participants from Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic. We also occasionally support meetings of the youth committee of the Regional Trade Union Council “Solidarity” in Southeast Europe. Furthermore, we cooperate with the ETUC Youth Committee. 

Some of our activities are listed here