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March for Jobs in Scotland
Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland, together with the PCS Young Members Network, is organising a March for Jobs and Public Services against Austerity.
The march will begin at Stirling Castle on Wednesday 17 October and end by joining the mass demonstration called by the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) on Saturday 20 October in Glasgow. Ryan, the chief steward of the march said:
"I work for a small firm that provides security. I have a zero hours contact. Every job I've had since leaving school has paid a wage I can't really live decently on.
"I'm 23 so I will get an increase to £6.19 an hour when we are marching. Even with this, (the highest wage I've ever earned) I have to choose which bills I can afford to pay each month.
"I think the demand for a massive public home building and renovation programme to solve the housing shortage and put skilled workers and those who want to learn a trade back to work is important.
"I'm not naïve enough to think the politicians will listen to our demands. Look at what they've had to do in Egypt to change their lives - it's going to be a long struggle to build a mass movement to change society but this march can play a role in getting young people involved.
"We need to build a fightback side-by-side with the trade unions. They have got to do more in industries like mine.
"I've joined Unite and I hope some of what we're doing will show the leaders that young people want to get involved."
Scottish March for Jobs and Public Services against Austerity
Stirling to Glasgow 17-20 October
Contact Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland to get involved, for info and to support the march:
Twitter: YFJ Scotland
Youth Fight for Jobs Northern Ireland are also marching for a future, Belfast, 6 October. Call 07941841092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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