August 18, 2010

Report about National Seminar on The problems of Youth and the Role of Trade Unions on 12th August,2010

On the occasion of the UN international Youth Year day 12th August Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF) Affiliated with World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) organized a National Seminar on 12th August, 2010 at PLF Office Lahore with the collaboration of World Asian Workers Organization (WAWO)

70 participants including 30 women’s were participated.

Waheed Ahmad Ch President Youth Wing PLF presided the Seminar

Main Muhammad Ayub Advisor to Prime Minister of Pakistan on Youth Affaires was the Chiegf Guest

While addressing the Seminar Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian Founder/Secretary General PLF/WAWO said that according to ILO report the Global youth unemployment has reached its highest level on record, and is expected to increase He said that 620 million economically active youth aged 15 to 24 years, 81 million were unemployed at the end of 2009 -- the highest number ever. This is 7.8 million more than the Global number in 2007. He said that the youth unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in 2007 to 13.0 percent in 2009.
It adds that these trends will have “significant consequences for young people as upcoming cohorts of new entrants join the ranks of the already unemployed" and warns of the "risk of a crisis legacy of a ‘lost Generation’ comprised of young people who have dropped out of the Labour market, having lost all hope of being able to work for a decent living"
Mrs Atia Saleem Chairperson said that According to the ILO projections, the Global youth unemployment rate is expected to continue its increase through 2010, to 13.1 per cent, followed by a moderate decline to 12.7 per cent in 2011. She also points out that the unemployment rates of youth have proven to be more sensitive to the crisis than the rates of adults and that the recovery of the job market for young men and women is likely to lag behind that of adults.

Waheed Ahmad Ch Advocate President Youth Wing PLF said that in developed and some emerging economies, the crisis impact on youth is felt mainly in terms of rising unemployment and the social hazards associated with discouragement and prolonged inactivity. He said that The ILO report points out that in developing economies, where 90 per cent of young people live, youth are more vulnerable to underemployment and poverty. , in the lower income countries, the impact of the crisis is felt more in shorter hours and reduced wages for the few who maintain wage and salaried employment and in rising vulnerable employment in an ‘increasingly crowded’ informal economy. He said that The report estimates that 152 million young people, or about 28 percent of all the young workers in the world, worked but remained in extreme poverty in households surviving on less than US$1.25 per person per day in 2008. He said "The effects of the economic and financial crisis threaten to exacerbate the pre-existing decent work deficits among youth. The result is that the number of young people stuck in working poverty grows and the cycle of working poverty persists through at least another Generation.

Moaz Ahmad Ch Secretary Youth Wing said that The ILO report explains how unemployment, underemployment and discouragement can have a long-term negative impact on young people, compromising their future employment prospects. The cost of idleness among youth, Governments fail to receive contributions to social security systems and are forced to increase spending on remedial services.

Mian Muhammad Ayub said that Youth are the drivers of economic development, The crisis is an opportunity to re-assess strategies for addressing the serious disadvantages that young people face as they enter the Labour market. It is important to focus on comprehensive and integrated strategies that combine education and training policies with targeted employment policies for youth. He said that the present Government is working for the welfare of youth. And solve their problems on priority through mutual understanding, He said that Government will be providing better placed to shape viable policies that respond to the need and aspirations of young people for decent work, He said that the number of unemployed youth increased. In terms of unemployment rates, however, the impact on youth has proven to be greater than that of adults. He said that Young women have more difficulty than young men in finding work. The female youth unemployment rate in 2009 stood at 13.2 per cent compared to the male rate of 12.9 per cent. He said that unemployment numbers and rates are expected to decline only in 2011. Main Muhammad Ayub Advisor appreciated PLF Efforts for holding this seminar on very important issue.

Ms Rizwana Yasmin Advocate Senior Vice President said that In Pakistan young women continued to be the hardest hit by unemployment. She said that in developing economies, the crisis adds to the ranks of vulnerable employment and informal sector employment. The region also experienced an increase in the share of teenagers engaged in informal sector employment during the crisis.

Rana Muhammad Akram Dy Secretary General Said that the youth has faced tough times for Education when the military operation was intensified against the Taliban in Waziristan. Many Schools were destroyed

Mrs. Shumalia sadiq,Mrs Samia Gul Khan, Ms. Semi Chanan Din, Rana Shahid Anjum,Eshan Elahi,Qasair Mahmood Sarfraz Ali,Malik Latif,Amar Jutt.Sohaib Ahmad also addressed the Seminar

(Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian)
Founder/Secretary General

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