ILO Workshop- Labor rights of youth at workplace

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In the period from 29th 30th November and 1st December, 2017. in the hotel Epinal in Bitola an activity was held on which the target group was young up to 29 years. This activity aims to provide support to trade unions, employment services, education and science institutions and youth organizations in their initiatives aimed at raising the awareness of young people about their rights at the workplace.

The workshop was organized by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The workshop covered the following topic – “Youth Rights at Work – Decent Work for Young People”, which was elaborated by associate professor Aleksandar Ristovski, Ph.D., professor at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” Skopje, an expert in the field of labor law, who aimed the education of young people as a main goal of this workshop.

The workshop was encompassed of four individual sessions organized in the following way:

  • Session 1 – Young People and Work: This session focused on the key features of the labor market for young people in the country, the identification of basic principles and rights to work, and the definition of “decent work”.
  • Session 2 – Employment contract: The key features of employment contracts were elaborated in this session – the participants had the opportunity to define the employment relationship, to indicate the rights and obligations of employees and employers, and to identify the minimum requirements of the contract of employment.
  • Session3- Working conditions:The key segments of the session were: working hours and vacations, wages and absences from the work of workers. Participants were able to: state national rules on working hours, vacations, absences and wages, identify minimum wage calculation requirements, and explain typical wage deductions.
  • Session4- Occupational safety and health: In this session we focused on issues related to occupational safety and health, workplace hazard identification and risk minimization measures at the lowest level. Participants were able to: cite the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers in relation to workplace safety practices, identify health and safety risks at work, and set up measures to reduce them.

The program had a participatory approach, which enabled the exchange of information and experiences between the participants and between the participants and the moderators. What was realized with a combination of presentations, discussions and influenza activities.

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