Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/477/2141

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 March 2007

young workers: Fight for your rights!

Come to ISR conference

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

Since the terrible shootings of three young people in south London, ministers have put on their caring faces and are giving advice on how young people can secure a decent future. Education minister, Alan Simpson, is promoting his policy of keeping young people in education until they are 18 years old, saying this will guarantee them better paid jobs.

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, ISR national treasurer

Do they actually think we believe that they care about our wages, when last week they offered such a derisory pay deal to public-sector workers? HSBC reported profits before tax of $22.1 billion for last year, the highest-ever profits by a British bank, while graduate nurses are working for nothing in the hope of being taken on. And when the average graduate income is only 8,500 after tax, it is hard to buy into the concern expressed by government ministers.

In 2006, around 1.3 million 18-21 year-olds were paid less than 6.50 an hour - two-thirds of all employees in this age group. Blair and Co have maintained the Tories' anti-trade union laws in an attempt to prevent workers from fighting for their rights. We cannot rely on the government, any of the big parties or on the bosses to provide decent jobs. The only way to ensure decent wages and conditions is to organise ourselves to fight for them.

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

The socialist reported on young people on the civil service union (PCS) picket lines in January and on the overwhelming vote to organise young agency workers in Carlisle. ISR's (International Socialist Resistance) 'know your rights at work' campaign is aimed at bringing the ideas of militant trade unionism to more young workers: that a fist is stronger than a finger, that when we are organised we can stop the bosses' attacks and win better pay and conditions.

Come to the ISR and Socialist Students conference on Sunday 18 March. We will have a forum on fighting for rights at work. ISR aims to bring together young workers and trade unionists who want to campaign for our rights and our futures.

Speakers include Tracey Edwards, national organiser of the PCS young members' network, Jody Long, who unionised a low-paid agency workplace, Sarah Mayo, ISR workplace activist and Rob Williams, Swansea Visteon trade union convenor.


ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

ISR conference 2006, photo Marc Vallee

come along to the isr & socialist students conference to have your say!

sunday 18 march, 10am- 5.30pm

Holloway Resource Centre

356 Holloway Road London N7 6PA

DISCUSSION & DEBATE

tickets - 3/5 send cheques to po box 858, london e11 1yd call 020 8558 7947 for more info

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 8 March 2007:

Brown\'s pay cut insult


International Socialist Resistance

Young workers: Fight for your rights!


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: First priority - a national demonstration

No divide and rule - save these hospitals


Socialist Party campaigns

Fury in Camden

They are all the same - even the Greens!

Lambeth demo against cuts

Lambeth Students and Community unite

Kirklees - save our nurseries


Education

Secondary education becoming a lottery


Socialist Party review

What\'s Left? - not Nick Cohen!


International Women's Day

International Women\'s Day


Socialist Party campaigns

Socialist Party congress report (2)


International socialist news and analysis

Egypt: Strikewave shakes regime and state-run unions

Scotland - Solidarity conference


Workplace news and analysis

United action needed to defend Airbus jobs

Council workers ballot for city-wide strike

Uniting the battle against cuts and privatisation

A crucial time for Royal Mail pensions


 

Home   |   The Socialist 8 March 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Young workers:

triangleThem & Us

triangleWhy do young people need socialism?

triangleYoung workers in unions earn 20% more

triangleSocialist ideas are energising young people

Socialist Students:

triangleSocialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleCardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

Students:

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

Young people:

triangleCan you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

Pay:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2