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From The Socialist newspaper, 3 March 2011

75 years

Jarrow to London

October 2011

Youth Fight for Jobs march

Youth Fight for Jobs march   (Click to enlarge)


March for jobs

Youth unemployment at nearly one million

JOIN THE MARCH!


Why we're marching

Young people have no alternative but to struggle - unemployment sky-rocketing, jobs disappearing, tuition fees trebling.

Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, November 2009, photo Dave Carr

Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration, November 2009, photo Dave Carr   (Click to enlarge)

Students, fighting against the decimation of college and university education, have already blazed a trail. Others are getting active, fighting to save vital services in their areas and organising campaigns in their workplaces to defend jobs.

Young people and workers have always had to fight for a decent life. 75 years ago, 200 workers from Jarrow demanded the right to work and marched the 250 miles from their home city to the door of 10 Downing Street to make their demands heard.

They marched to highlight the appalling situation their community was faced with after shipyards closed and unemployment rose to an estimated 70%. The trigger for this was the 1929 economic crash - a crisis not caused by workers but for which they were made to suffer.

Today, with youth unemployment likely to hit the one million mark and unemployment in the north east 25% higher than the UK average, Youth Fight for Jobs is organising a march in the footsteps of the Jarrow crusaders, to demand decent jobs and the right to education for all.

We are calling on unemployed people, students, trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners to join us. This government has taken no effective action whatsoever to deal with youth unemployment. Instead it has slashed jobs and attacked the miserly benefits available.

Why are builders unemployed while materials lie idle and housing waiting lists grow? Why are tax collectors being laid off when the rich get away with billions through tax evasion and tax avoidance? Why, considering the huge threat of environmental destruction, are record numbers of science graduates either in low paid, casual work or unemployed? We are campaigning for investment in a programme of job creation rather than job cuts.

Marchers will be setting off on 1 October from Jarrow and marching to London via Leeds, Sheffield and Nottingham. In every area we visit we will link up with local Youth Fight for Jobs groups, anti-cuts unions, trade union branches and education activists to rally and protest to raise awareness of our cause.

Get involved and help fight back against this government's entire cuts package!

Ben Robinson, Youth Fight for Jobs chair

How you can help

Think about whether you can march! If you would like to come on any part of it for however long, get in contact

We need 15,000! Ask your trade union branch, community campaign or student union to make a donation to help cover the costs and ask your trade union's national conference / NEC to make a substantial donation. Model motions are available at youthfightforjobs.com/resources

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In The Socialist 3 March 2011:


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Fighting the cuts: Thousands protest, lobby and occupy

Lewisham election: There is an alternative!

Determination to beat the cuts


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Westminster: Save our children's services

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News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

Largest protest yet against Wisconsin Governor's anti-union bill

Unison witch-hunt: Reinstate the Four!

End the blacklist

Workplace news in brief


Youth fight for jobs

Jarrow to London: March for jobs

CWU youth conference 'ready and willing to take action'


Socialist Party women

International Women's Day 2011: Women and the fightback


Socialist Party congress 2011

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International socialist news and analysis

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Tunisia: Revolution and counter-revolution on the streets


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