Precarious work concerns young members
by Lughan Deane
Young IMPACT members are concerned that the rise of precarious work in the private sector is now gaining traction in the public service. This was among the main concerns expressed in a focus group conducted at the union’s recent young members’ forum.
The related issue of poor promotional opportunities for young public servants also emerged, as did the soaring cost of rents. Youth forum participants were positive about the union’s organising activities but called for the establishment of a specific youth and new member strategy.
IMPACT lead organiser Joe O’Connor said participants were also eager for the union to campaign on social issues, as well as focussing on its core industrial relations role. He said they wanted the union to be visible and quick-moving in its campaigning.
The forum was held at the end of January and a follow-up meeting took place last month. Further meetings are planned.