Young workers

When we talk to young workers about how they deal with issues at work, we always hear the same thing, that it’s hard to take that first step and ‘put yourself out there’. Being a part of Community means you aren’t alone in any situation, and someone always has your back.

With Community in your corner we make sure you’re never left to deal with tricky situations alone, we help you at work and at home in lots of different ways.

Everyone should have the chance of a decent job and career, no matter what their age. But young people are most likely to experience unemployment, underemployment, low wages, casual and temporary work, zero-hours contracts and workplace exploitation.

As a union we want to engage and recruit all young workers. Young people deserve a great job like anyone else, where you are paid and treated fairly, where you get an opportunity to progress, have your voices heard and your rights upheld.

We need to seriously consider the barriers that stop young people engaging with unions and the means to overcome them.

To that end we have set up the young workers task force. The task force will look at why young people under 27 aren’t joining trade unions and what we can do as a union to recruit and involve more young members and reps.

“Community make me feel valued as a young member and have continued to support me through training”, Community branch secretary and member of the young workers taskforce, Hannah Rogers.

Young workers tell us it’s hard to speak up at work, whether that’s getting your hard work recognised or challenging unfair treatment. We want to make a difference to the working lives of young workers, and we need your help.

If you would like to get involved in future training and events, please get in touch at

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Young workers news

Let’s invest in the skills of our young workers
Kate Dearden - July 15th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Young workers today are growing up in a unique environment. Economic shifts – brought on both by rapidly developing technology, globalisation and the looming threat [...]
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How my apprenticeship opened up opportunities
Megan Edwards - February 11th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
For National Apprenticeships Week I thought that I would share my own experience of what it was like to be an apprentice, why I applied [...]
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Coronavirus has shown why young workers need unions
Jack Whiston - November 19th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Coronavirus has had a massive cascading impact across all walks of life, and especially on young workers. The impacts that we have suffered not only [...]
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Preventing unemployment and building a better recovery
Jack Whiston - September 15th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Jack Whiston, Community rep at Church’s and young worker, spoke at TUC’s virtual 2020 congress on the motion ‘Preventing unemployment and building a better recovery.” [...]
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Now is the time to embrace flexible working
Lauren Crowley - June 10th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
For thousands of workers across the UK who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, many will be wondering why employers have been vehemently [...]
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Equal Pay at 50
Lauren Crowley - May 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Click straight through to the new resources here. Today on the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Equal Pay Act, we remember the struggle [...]
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What can an equalities rep do during Coronavirus?
Anna Mowbray - May 13th, 2020 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
In my last post I talked about the importance of reps keeping up their work to represent members in this challenging time. At times like [...]
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Young Workers Event
Community - March 13th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community recently recently held an event for its young workers at the Quorn Grange in Loughborough. Offering young members the opportunity to share their stories [...]
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Equalities strategy launched by Community
Community - February 21st, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Striving for equality is at the heart of what we do…” This week Community has launched its equalities strategy. A new booklet A Strategy for [...]
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Community is reaching out to young workers in new ways
Community - August 21st, 2019 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
“We’re optimistic about what we can achieve…” This August has seen the launch of Community’s young workers task force. Following a decision taken by members [...]
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