Challenges Millennials face in the workplace

Niki Ashton, © Jamie Kronick

Niki Ashton, © Jamie Kronick

Some statistics show that Millennials are the single largest group within today’s work force. Economic barriers and a lack of support are forcing some of them to wait on starting their families, and some have to make tough choices about caring for dependents and ageing relatives. UWinnipeg’s Department of Political Science presents the lecture The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back given by Niki Ashton MP (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski and NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development) on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in room 1L13. Ashton’s talk will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer period. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Ashton has taken on the issue of rising precarious work in the millennial generation. Over the last year, she has traveled across Canada and hosted a first of its kind forum on Parliament Hill to hear from Millennials, their families, and members of their communities about the challenges they face in obtaining secure employment.

In this talk, she will speak about her findings and discuss the significant challenges faced by Millennials: the high tuition and unprecedented debt levels being incurred in order to actively participate in the job market; the increasing expectation of working for ‘experience’ rather than remuneration; and the prevalence of precarious, low-waged work and absence of job security and benefits. For more information, please visit Millennials Fightback.

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Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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