Report back from Stand Up youth conference 2013
On 10th and 11th July 2013 NZCTU held a two day Stand Up conference for 60+ young unionists from across NZ.
The theme this year was Modernising Unions to Connect with young workers.17 PSA members attended the conference.
There were a number of speakers including Sandra Grey, Alex White, Joseph Scales and Owen Jones who skyped in from London. One highlight was the ideas workshops which were held after each of the speakers, they seemed to ignite a spark in members for greater youth engagement.
There was also an opportunity for participant-led workshops - the PSA held one on the Employment Relations Amendments to educate participants on the proposed changes, the real life effect, and how they could go about writing a submission against them.
PSA's national youth convenor Asher Goldman was elected as one of the two co-convenors of Stand Up at the conference alongside Vera Williams from education union NZEI. We look forward to seeing great things from them.