Belfast hosts CWU Youth event

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This weekend dozens of young trades unionists from the Communication Workers Union will congregate in Belfast for their annual National Youth Education Event - the first time the popular event has ever been in held in Northern Ireland.

The event will draw 70 young delegates from across the UK to participate in workshops, roundtables with senior union leaders, and a mock conference, with specific sessions on:

  • Sectarianism/discrimination in the workplace, with: Trademark Belfast
  • Fighting the EDL and Islamophobia, with: Hope Not Hate
  • Civil liberties & the right to protest, with: Defend the Right to Protest
  • Employment rights - where next after 20 October, with: TUC

Delegates will also have a non-sectarian tour of Belfast.

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CWU general secretary Billy Hayes, who is attending for a dedicated session on Saturday, said: "This event is all about harnessing the energy and ideas of our young activists and in turn giving them the training and confidence to be more active in their workplaces, the CWU and civil society.

"We have talented young members and this year there will be a greater spread of companies and experience represented than ever before. It's always an inspiring event, but it will be particularly interesting to see how our delegates respond to what will be for many their first visit to Northern Ireland."

In addition to Billy Hayes, CWU president Beryl Shepherd and deputy general secretary Dave Ward will be at an industrial roundtable session on Saturday afternoon giving the delegates direct access to quiz these leading figures on industrial policies and negotiations.

When: The event runs from 6pm Friday 9th November through to 12 noon Sunday 11th November. Full programme attached.

Venue: Ramada Encore Hotel, 20 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD GB

CWU is the largest trade union in the communications sector with over 200,000 members in post, telecoms, mobile and financial services industries. CWU members work in deliveries, driving, engineering, call centre, support services and sales roles.

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