The creation of a European network on the theme of Work, young people and trade unions should make it possible to tackle the issue of social exclusion/integration in Europe, by examining the interaction of these three fields. The problems, which young people are facing, seem to be the same in different European States, even if they arise in more or less different ways according to the country. Every society is concerned about them in relation to the future. Given existing studies on the subject, it seems necessary to go into greater depth in this field of research. It is rare for changes in work to be studied from the point of view of developments amongst young people. This is even more the case, as far as a comparative approach at the European level is concerned. However, young people's living and working conditions seem to say a lot about on-going changes. Furthermore, young people's working and living reality and the way they evaluate them and their relationship to work have something to do with the way they relate to trade unionism.
The proposed network will be made up of representatives of European trade unions (and similar bodies). It will make it possible to know about trade union policies, proposals and opinions on social exclusion/integration, as well as its mechanisms, causes and policies that are implemented... Meetings will be organised by each partner of the network on a particular aspect of the general theme of "Work, young people and trade unions": young people's relationship to work, destructuring/restructuring of social identity, training, trade unionism, relations between generations, payment of young people's work and their wages. It will not be a question of simply presenting existing studies country by country, but also of having discussions about most significant trade union experience, the way social actors perceive of and analyse the situation and initiatives taken in the field.
Research work and tests could be envisaged subsequently
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
WC1B 3LS London