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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 June 2006

Fight Low Pay

ISR campaigning against low pay in CardiffSUMMER HOLIDAYS at last... but you're broke.

ISR campaigning against low pay in Cardiff

So the first task when you recover from exams is spending days traipsing around, facing rejection, looking for a boring job where you get paid peanuts.

Sarah Sachs-Eldridge, International Socialist Resistance (ISR)

But why is it like this? Tescos don't seem to be doing too badly.

Over 2 billion in profit last year! Yet conditions for the workers don't seem so great. No sick pay, low wages, long, tiring shifts. And Tescos aren't the only place to treat us like that - ever worked in MacDonalds, Burger King, Somerfields, any hotel or restaurant...?

Job agencies often seem like the only way to get a job. They say they are there to provide a service - but it's mainly a service to themselves because for every hour we work they make money. Often there's no decent training, less rights than permanent work and little chance of getting a permanent secure job. MacJobs - they're loving it!

How come the minimum wage, which is a poverty wage, is lower if you're under 21? 18-21 year olds are entitled to 4.25, 16 and 17 year-olds get 3 and there is no minimum if you are under 16!

ISR members want to do something about this. We are launching a campaign against the lower rates of pay for young people. We demand equal pay for equal work but we also want the minimum wage to be raised to a level you can survive on.

And we've had enough of the money-grabbing job agencies. They double our exploitation. We want a publicly funded job and benefit service.

Join ISR and the fight for our future.

We are calling a national day of action over the weekend of 15 and 16 July.
Get in touch to discuss plans in your area. Ring: 020 8558 7947.

PO Box 858, London E11 1YG.

Campaigning in Cardiff

CARDIFF ISR hit the streets on 17 June to show young workers their rights and to shame low-pay employers.

Glyn Matthews, Cardiff Socialist Party

As soon as we had set up our stall with petitions, union application forms and ISR Know Your Rights cards we attracted attention. But things really began to get going when we lowered our banner from a nearby roof (above).

We made an impact on passers-by when they found that a sports shop only pay 16 year-olds 3 an hour. They were even more shocked to find out that this was perfectly legal!

People were disgusted to find out that some companies avoid paying over 21s the minimum wage, by paying a 'trainee wage'.

We then hit the shops, speaking to young workers about the poverty pay and exploitative working conditions they face. We informed them of their rights and how to join a trade union.

The day was a huge success for ISR in Cardiff. We have already planned to do it again but on a bigger scale.

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