July 11, 2013
Toronto, ON—Anticipation continues to build for this summer’s historic one-day youth conference “Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future: The Struggle of Young Workers in the Age of Austerity and Neoliberal Globalization,” set to take place on Saturday, August 3rd at Toronto’s United Steelworkers Hall on 25 Cecil Street. Organized by the Ugnayan ng Kabataang Pilipino sa Canada/Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance of Ontario (UKPC/FCYA-ON), the province-wide conference aims to create resonance amongst all youth and young workers across various communities on their common struggles and as forerunners of genuine social change. Bringing together critical perspectives on the collective struggles and resistances of youth within Canada, the conference will feature panel speakers Fay Faraday, labour and human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Sayo, long-time community organizer with the Congress of Progressive Filipino Canadians and Reuben Sarumugam, Chairperson of UKPC/FCYA-ON, among others.
Emmanuel Sayo will set the context for the day’s conference by speaking on the dynamics and impacts of the recent economic crisis on all working Canadians, particularly on migrants and immigrants as members of the transnational working-class, and most importantly, on the youth as the next generation’s young workers. Following this will be Fay Faraday’s examination of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TWFP), whose aims of lowering wages and stripping workers of their rights perpetuate new regimes of exploitation for all workers. Reuben Sarumugam of UKPC/FCYA–ON will then further expand on the situation of youth in Canada in the “age of austerity,” as rabid efforts at eroding workers’ conditions also meet with rising cost of tuition and lack of meaningful employment.
The day’s discussions promise to underline not only the stakes for young workers in Canada as the crisis of neoliberal globalization continues to deepen, it will also highlight the critical role that youth are taking across Canada and worldwide in building upon today’s movements for social change. All are welcome to participate.
REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/maketheyouthcount
“Making the Youth Count in Canada’s Future: The Struggle of Young Workers in the Age of Austerity and Neoliberal Globalization”
August 3, 2013
Registration opens at 9:00 am; conference starts at 10:00 am
United Steelworkers Hall
25 Cecil Street
Registration fee is $15 (includes meals and conference materials)