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International Youth Day, August 12, 2021

The Youth Committee of CCM, together with the young employees, members of the trade unions from the region and Europe joins the celebration of the International Youth Day, August 12 and supports the request for: A New Social Contract building recovery and resilience with young people, based on the 5 key principles: rights, jobs, social protection, discrimination and inclusion.

We are aware that young people are the perspective of our country and therefore our activities are in the direction of information, training and empowerment of young people, in order young people to be active creators of the economic and social processes based on modern technical, technological and development opportunities, but also with consistent respect for human rights and dignity.

Celebrating this day, together with the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia, within the Project "Legal Protection - Security of Workers' Rights", supported by the International Labor Organization, and funded by the European Commission, we are organizing a series of activities in different cities of the country, in order to increase the availability for timely, professional and preventive action in the protection and promotion of workers' rights, as well as bringing the union closer to the youth.

At these meetings, we are promoting our first free mobile application: CCM - My Labour Rights, which allows workers and citizens to report violations of workers' rights to the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia by using their mobile phones, for themselves, for another person or anonymously. This mobile application is new, modern and easily accessible tool for reporting, consulting and informing about labor rights in the shortest possible time. We encourage everyone, especially young people, to use this application and get timely information about their labor rights.

In conditions of global health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we once again remind of the fact that since the beginning of the health crisis, out of the total number of people who have lost their jobs as a result of the crisis, almost 30% of them are young people under 29 years (not counting people working in the informal economy) which means that every 4th person who has lost his job is a young person. According to our data, most of the young people who have lost their jobs had a fixed-term employment contract, which confirms the fact that young people are one of the most vulnerable categories of people when it comes to labor rights, work illegally, have fixed term contracts, receive lower salary than others and work in more precarious positions. In this regard we demand the duration of the fixed-term contracts to be reduced from 5 years to 1 year, which would be followed by transformation of the employment.

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