In last November I had the privilege of attending an ITF youth docker's conference in Manila, Philippines. Let me start by saying what an outstanding experience it was! I went in cold, I was the only member of the MUA in attendance and therefore knew nobody but as that first day of the two day conference progressed, I met and began developing some immediate and great long lasting friendships. There were people in attendance from as far reaching places as Canada, USA, Germany, Morocco, Sri Lanka and of course our host nation, the Philippines.
To celebrate International Day of the Seafarer some branches and Youth Committees are holding a commemorative event on June 25.
Norwegian Seafarers' Union held its 27th ordinary Congress in Trondheim, Norway in September. Two MUA Youth committee members – Louise Ryall from Sydney and Phil Hansen from Queensland were selected to attend Jacqueline Smith’s final conference.
Victoria Branch seafarer and youth committee member Jimmy Harris reports from ITF Congress 2014 on World Youth Day.
The MUA has cemented their strength in the areas of women and youth having both candidates elected into their respective positions as ITF Representatives.
MUA Youth Committee member Nick Pedler has written a blog for ITF Youth about the active young members in the MUA
One hundred and twenty youth activists from 54 unions in 28 countries are attending the three day conference in order to explore ways of building internationalism and mobilising international solidarity. The conference was opened and attended by ITF general secretary, David Cockroft.