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(en) Poland, ozzip: The third edition of the Congress "Youth in the Workers' Movement" - summary (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:53:56 +0300

On the first weekend of August this year, at the Rozbrat squat in Poznan, the third edition of the "Youth in the workers' movement" congress took place. The meeting of union structures bringing together young people was an opportunity for integration, exchange of experiences, education and discussion on action strategies. ---- At the moment, there are 6 committees in the Employee Initiative, associating mainly young people: ---- * Dolnoslaskie Kolo Mlodych OZZ Inicjatywa Pracowniczej, ---- * Kolo Mlodych Inicjatywa Pracowniczej Kraków, ---- * Kolo Mlodych Inicjatywa Pracowniczej im. Marcel Szarego, ---- * Employee Initiative - Lódz, ---- * Employee Initiative - Pomerania, ---- * Warsaw Youth Circle Employee Initiative.
The congress began with a short lecture on the history of the Rozbrat squat and the local fight against developers. After the introduction, each youth structure had the opportunity to discuss the last year of its activities. The young people shared their successes, but also analyzed their mistakes and failures. The first day of the Congress ended with the screening of Sandra Godoy's film "Juanas: Courageous Women", which tells the story of Juan Rouco Bueli - one of the main figures of the 20th-century Argentineanarcho-syndicalism.

The second day of the convention began with introducing the history of the Employee Initiative to the young and summarizing the last years, which are the period of dynamic development of the union. Senior trade unionists and women unionists also discussed the dynamics of the international trade union movement. These lectures were followed by a discussion on the bottom-up nature of the Employee Initiative, our position towards other trade unions and the strategy of supporting struggles at workplaces.

On the second day, participants also had the opportunity to hear first-hand about the practical experience of conducting a collective dispute and organizing a strike action. In this part, short speeches were given by: Wojciech Jasinski from OPZZ Konfederacja Pracy in Solaris (where a successful strike was successfully conducted this year) and Milosz Krzak, a member of the IP committee at the Jeremias factory, where last year employees won pay raises at the stage of negotiations under collective dispute. After the lecture, it was time for practical exercises - young activists and activists took part in workshops on conducting collective disputes conducted by Marta Rozmyslowicz from the National Commission and Milosz from Jeremias. Finally, the day culminated in a discussion about the education system and the practices of resistance in educational institutions.

On the third day, we talked about the interrelationship between exploitation and war. We hosted Inna Geller and Zachar Popowicz from a friendly Ukrainian organization, the Social Movement, who introduced us to the current situation of workers in Ukraine, the activities of trade unions in our neighbors and the demands made by RS. Another panel on the same subject was the speech by the Bez (Misoginii, Wyzysku, Przemocy) Association entitled "Sexual exploitation during the war." Activists began by sketching a history of wartime sexual violence, moving on to modern-day war conflicts around the world, emphasizing Ukraine, the threat of human trafficking, and a flourishing sex industry.

What are the impressions of the young union team after the weekend? As they say themselves:

Motivation to act, satisfaction with the amount of knowledge transferred, enthusiasm and a lot of ideas. The congress also gave the opportunity to better network youth committees, get to know each other and integrate.
We enter September with the prospect of establishing new youth structures. Want to join an existing wheel or start your own cell? Write to us at: zastapdoip[@]ozzip.pl

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