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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 April 2009

Fight for jobs!

Youth Fight For Jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

While bankers receive billions of pounds in bailouts, despite being responsible for triggering the economic collapse, hard-working people are faced with a diet of cuts in public services, tax hikes and lay-offs.

Paul Callanan, Greenwich Socialist Students

And young workers will be among the hardest hit. With jobs disappearing left, right and centre, young people - already often in low-paid insecure jobs - will be chucked on the scrapheap. The cuts budget shows that New Labour has no real solutions. Young people must fight for their rights and for their future.

This is why it is so important that people get to the launch conference of Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) on Saturday 9 May to discuss the way forward for the campaign. It will be an opportunity to hear from young people from all over the country about how we're going to fight back.

Activists from France and Greece, where young people have participated in mass struggles against right-wing governments' attacks on working-class living standards will speak too.

Practical examples of taking on the bosses will be provided by Visteon workers, who occupied their factories after being sacked with no notice and construction workers from Lindsey oil refinery.

Youth Fight For jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Christopher, 20, from Greenwich who is unemployed and went on the successful YFJ march for jobs on 2 April, said: "I went on the march because it's important that young people act now. It's us that's paying for the bankers' mistakes and we need to stand up now and make our voices heard. We can't let the government and the bosses get away with this".

Young people in Greenwich have decided to stand up and say 'enough is enough'. A week of action has been organised by the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign next week in the lead up to the 9 May launch conference. We will be organising a protest stall on Saturday 2 May in Woolwich, with performances from a group of talented young musicians and speakers from the campaign and local trade unions. We are also trying to organise a fundraising gig.

We have seen decades of attacks by Tory and Labour governments on the living standards of working-class people. The launch of the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign gives young people an opportunity to link up and organise to fight back.

Youth Fight for Jobs

Launch conference

Youth Fight For Jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

9 May 10am - 4.30pm

Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1, UCL, London WC1E 6BT

3 / 5 / 10

Gig afterwards

For more info and updates see:

10-11am registration

Opening rally

Bob Crow, RMT general secretary; Tracy Edwards, PCS young members organiser (pc); Greek activist involved in the protest movement, Youth Fight for Jobs activist

Chaired by Matt Dobson, Socialist Students organiser

Film and speakers from the floor

12.30-1.30pm - lunch
1:30- 3pm sessions:

Workers in struggle

Ste Jones from the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike committee and Frank Jepson, convenor of Basildon Visteon where workers are fighting back

Youth Fight For jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For jobs demonstration, photo Paul Mattsson

Build Youth Fight for Jobs in your area

Ben Robinson, acting YFJ secretary

Your rights at work - put your queries and problems to the panel

Hugo Pierre, Camden Unison Schools convenor (pc), Tracy Edwards, PCS young members organiser (pc)

Defend the right to protest

Neil Cafferky, on behalf of May Day Detainees

What causes unemployment? Will the politicians solve this crisis?

Question Time-style discussion with invited speakers including Sam Tarry, Young Labour chair, representatives from the Green Party, No2EU - Yes to Democracy and more

Struggles of European workers and youth

Greek and French activists

Defend the welfare state and the right to benefits

Nick Parker, PCS young members' network Lincolnshire convenor (pc)

3-4pm motions and elections

(national organiser, chair, trade union organiser, student organiser, committee and others)

Chaired by Ben Robinson

Closing rally

Sean Figg, YFJ national organiser; Ste Jones, French activist,

Chaired by Jacqui Berry, Medway trades council president (pc)

Youth Fight for Jobs is calling a fortnight of action from 27 June to 10 July.

See for more details and campaigning material.

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