Young trade unionists have been honoured locally for the work they do for youths in Scotland.

At the 79th annual conference of the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC), held at the Golden Jubilee Hospital recently allowed members to elect a new committee, as well as discuss issues affecting young people.

The event had the theme of “Building Young Workers’ Power”and West Dunbartonshire Provost William Hendrie hosted a civic reception for members, following the conference.

Provost Hendrie told the Post: “I was delighted to hold a Civic Reception and welcome the conference to Clydebank to hear of the great work they carry out on behalf of our young people.

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“It was also great to meet with delegates and members at the STUC Youth Conference.

“The committee do an important job by collectively representing our youth and give them a strong voice on important issues and offering insight to the wider work of the STUC.

“I was delighted to be able to extend my thanks for the work they are doing and to be able to reassure them that young people will remain at the forefront of the council’s decision making.”

During the conference, delegates had the opportunity to hear from high-profile, key speakers including STUC president Lynn Henderson, as well as take part in workshops and panels about employability and protection of their rights while at work.

The STUC Youth committee was formed in 1938 and is made up of young workers under 27 years of age from across Scotland.

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Their remit is to campaign on a range of issues which affect their peers, including the national minimum wage, as well as the mental and physical health and safety of younger workers.

The committee represents young workers’ views and opinions to a number of bodies including both government and council representatives, and ensures that young workers’ voices are heard at meetings of the STUC General Council.