1 Youth Council of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia Latvijas Brīvo arodbiedrību savienības (LBAS) Jauniešu padome YOUTH TRAINING ON TENDENCIES OF THE LABOUR MARKET DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY PROJECT OUTLINE Project title: “YOUTH TRAINING ON TENDENCIES OF THE LABOUR MARKET DEVELOPMENT ” Duration: 1 year Starting date (indicative): 01.02.2004. Project language: Latvian, English Preparation date: 05.12.2003. Author: Ms Vita RUDUŠA Press secretary of LBAS, Vice chairperson of Youth council of LBAS 2 1. Background and Justification Educational system of Latvia is in high level and also very popular. Comparing to the 1993, the number of university students in 2002 has increased 2.8 times. There are 496 university students on each 10 000 people, which is the 3rd highest rate in the world behind the Canada and the USA. But education which is one of the strongest tools in labour market doesn’t give enough information of labour market in general and also workers rights. The problem of young people’s entry into working life concerns not just the quantity but the quality of work. Therefore trade unions as representatives of workers should train new generation on tendencies of the labour market development and what kind of possibilities trade unions have. One major way in which this may be achieved is trough strengthening formal and informal links between schools, universities, different youth organizations and trade unions. The employment rate in Latvia has overrun 60% in 2002, but this still stays behind the average rate in European Union. The unemployment rate of economically active population was 8.9 % in April 2003. Every seventh unemployed person is a juvenile under 25 years of age. The unemployment among young people (15 – 24 years of age) is two times higher as for persons 55 – 64 years of age. Often it’s explainable because of the lack of education. The high unemployment level among youth are giving evidence that there is necessary to help young people to integrate into labour market, especially for young people who have a low educational level or who didn’t finish their studies (for example young mothers). Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS) is the biggest non- governmental organisation in Latvia, which protects the interests of professional trade union members and employees on the branch and inter- branch level. At present LBAS unites 170 248 trade union members in almost 3 3000 state, municipal and private enterprises. Only a 14 % of them are young people aged up to 25 years (9 % women and 5 % men). On 27 November, 1997 was established Youth Council of the LBAS. It operates on a voluntary basis. LBAS Youth Council unites the youth representatives delegated by LBAS affiliates. Young people up to 35 years of age can be delegated to the Youth Council. Aim – to protect and represent the joint labour, economic and social rights and interests of young people – trade union members, to promote their participation in creation of a lawful and democratic society. Since 1998 Youth council of LBAS is the affiliate of the biggest non-governmental youth organization – Latvian Youth Council. The members of Youth council of LBAS are trained by the confederation as a lectors to run the seminars about trade unions as well as youth issues later themselves. They are running informational seminars for young workers in the regional trade union centres of Latvia an also participated as lectors in informational seminars for members of LBAS affiliates. On September, 2003 Youth council of LBAS established contacts with Latvian Students’ Association. On 30 October, 2003 there was the first meeting and discussion between Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia and student’s leaders from all of the country. The resolution of this meeting – to develop a network between trade unions and student organizations to train youth about tendencies of the labour market development and about workers rights. 2. Target Groups This work-plan is meant for: student organizations (Latvian Students’ Association, students’ self- governments); non-governmental youth organizations (Latvian Youth Council and their affiliates). 4 3. Development objectives The project is designed to create and establish contacts between trade unions, non-governmental youth organizations and students’ self-governmental structures, to develop trade union policies on youth employment, to participate in educational activities and information networks, especially in the subject of Youth and Employment. This work – plan will contribute to recruiting of new members in trade unions and also will favour leadership of young trade unionists who will participate in project activities. 4. Immediate objectives At the end of work – plan, the network participants will be able to: a) understand the procedures and tendencies of the labour market development; b) have a knowledge of Latvian trade unions and what kind of possibilities trade unions can offer. 5. Indicators of objective achievement This work – plan will contribute to recruiting of young people in trade unions in all branches which are represented in Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia. Also it will contribute youth employment in the country, knowledge about social guaranties, healthcare and collective bargaining as well. 6. Activities Experts of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS) and also representatives of Youth council of LBAS will participate as lectors in different seminars organized in co-operation with Latvian Students’ Association, students’ self-governments, Latvian Youth Council and other non-governmental youth organizations. 5 Youth council of LBAS will prepare a training material especially for young people (PowerPoint presentation about trade unions, support material on the subject matters, handouts and booklets). 7. Inputs Cities where LVL Expenditure are (Latvian EURO universities currency) Transport Liepāja 800 524 Rēzekne Valmiera Ventspils Training material Jelgava 500 327,50 Daugavpils Rīga TOTAL 1300 851,5 8. Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation The project will evaluate together by experts of Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia (LBAS) and Youth council of LBAS. Date: 05.12.2003.
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