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Youth Section

At the time when young people are mainly employed on a fixed-term basis or on the so-called atypical jobs, and their rights are often violated in practice, their youth is not always an advantage at the labour market. Youth unemployment in Croatia is almost double than the total unemployment and young workers are often discriminated at the workplace in terms of the level of their wage, training and career progress opportunities and working conditions.

Realizing the specific quality of the needs and forms of employing young workers, in 2000 the UATUC, among others, established the Youth Section as an interest group within the UATUC and whose members may become all the members of the trade unions affiliated to the UATUC younger than 36.

Basic objectives of the Youth Section activity are the following:
• encouraging young people to join trade union,
• solving problems the young workers are faced with, in particular: equality in employment, availability of jobs, safety at work, on job training, career progress,
• adopting adequate protective mechanisms and promoting special interests of young people in collective agreements,
• training and education of young people,
• taking adequate actions to protect rights of the youth and solving their problems,
• advocating equality in all spheres of social life,
• assisting young people yet to enter labour market,
• improving the position of young people within the UATUC, their early inclusion in the trade union work and activities, and
• including Youth Section representatives in the work of decision-making bodies of the UATUC and its affiliated trade unions.

The highest decision-making body of the Youth Section is the Assembly, which takes place every two years, and which elects the President and Vice-President and the Executive Committee. UATUC Youth Section has a representative in the UATUC Council, and the Youth Section President takes part in the work of the Presidency of the UATUC Council, without the right to vote.

Youth Section actively participates in the UATUC and its affiliates’ trade union activities promoting thus the interests of young workers; it organizes education and training activities for the trade union work intended for young trade union activists and cooperates with youth structures of the other Croatian and foreign trade unions, as well as with civil society organizations, especially those dealing with young people. Among others, the UATUC Youth Section participates in the work of the ETUC Youth Committee, and is a member of the South East European Youth Network.

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