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Youth fight for a future


The politicians keep telling us that the recession will mean our lives will be hard for a short period but that young people can still have a bright future. They say those who have lost their jobs or can't get work should try going to university, training will be provided for those without a job and the economy will pick up sooner or later.

Matt Dobson
Socialist Students organiser

They are lying! The current economic crisis is bringing with it mass unemployment and attacks from the government on education which will block the hopes of the majority of young people who aspire to a decent standard of living. We can't hope and wait for things to get better! We have no option but to fight for our future!

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Youth Fight For a Future

This summer sees 600,000 school, college and university graduates leave education and enter the world of work.

Leah Ganley

Many will be searching for a job for the very first time, but all will have a difficult task getting a job with over 2.2 million people already unemployed across the UK, with this figure set to reach 3.5 million within a year. Princes' Trust research shows that youth unemployment is costing Scotland £2 million a week and the number of 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers' Allowance has soared by 72% in the past year.

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Youth Fight for Jobs Launch Conference Huge Success

Building on the success of the excellent March for Jobs in April, the launch conference of Youth Fight for Jobs was held on Saturday 9 May in London. Attended by over 150 young workers and school and college students the conference elected a steering committee and voted on strategies for developing the campaign as unemployment, and particularly youth unemployment, continues to grow. The conference was both serious and enthusiastic about taking the campaign forward, especially the building of a fortnight of action from 27 June to 10 July, aimed at those leaving education this year. Below are reports of the rallies and workshops that took place throughout the day from young people who attended.

We Will Not Be Silent!

As the G20, the leaders of the 20 richest nations, met in East London on April 2 to discuss their response to the world economic crisis, over 600 young people from across the UK took to the streets of London. The march organised by the newly formed Youth Fight for Jobs campaign, lasted for 8 miles and went through some of the areas of Britain with the highest unemployment. 

Leah Ganley reports on the success of the demo and some of the marchers from Scotland give their views. 

This was a very youthful, vibrant, colourful and noisy demonstration. Many of the people taking part had never been on any kind of protest before but felt the need to tell the G20 that we will not pay for this crisis - a crisis not caused by us, but by the capitalists and their political representatives. 

There were chants such as "Gordon Brown - stop the rot - give us what the bankers got!" and demands that everyone should have the right to a decent job with a minimum wage of at least £8 an hour.  This march is only the start of a much bigger campaign for Youth Fight for Jobs."

Why We're on the March 

Sean Sweeney and Chris Collins from Irvine -

"Before we joined the Youth Fight for Jobs march I was perhaps a bit ignorant to the campaigns aims. For a long time now, me and Chris have been going to protests hopping from one group to another. But with this campaign we found something else.

Jobs Not Dole

  • For the right to a decent job

  • We won't pay for the bosses crisis

  • No to job losses. Open the books to see where all the profits have gone.

  • Bail out the workers not the bosses.

  • Nationalise big industries threatening closure or job cuts under democratic workers control 

As the full extent of the recession becomes apparent, unemployment has surged past two million, the highest level since Labour came to power.   Universally expected to eventually exceed at least three million, these 'official' government statistics do not even take account of the many people on incapacity benefit, the increasing amount of underemployed no longer getting enough work to pay the bills, or those forced into casual labour for slave wages below the minimum wage as part of government initiatives such as Gordon Brown’s despised New Deal. 

by Luke Ivory, Youth Fight for Jobs Campaign

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