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Youth Fight for Jobs action
After a series of campaign stalls in the city centre, Leeds Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) organised a protest outside Eastgate Jobcentre on the day the latest unemployment figures were announced. These statistics showed that joblessness had soared by 220,000 in the three months to June to 2.435 million. The protest was broadcast on radio and TV.
Manny Dominguez, Danny Melia and Helen Pattison Leeds YFJ members
With placards, a banner and a megaphone our protest and petitioning went down well with those visiting the Jobcentre. A PCS civil service trade union shop steward came out to show support for our actions.
One person said that the problem is that people want to work but many don't get the chance.
Speaking to the media, one campaigner explained that youth unemployment is a rapidly growing problem. People see massive profits being taken and bankers getting bailed out, whilst at the same time feeling powerless with no voice when it comes to big business and politicians.
The protest organiser explained that there is enough money in society to create decent, well-paid jobs, providing full employment, quality training and free education; it's just that the government has other priorities - its big business friends - and that we need a new mass party of the working class to represent our interests.
On Saturday 8 August, Cardiff and Newport Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activists took part in a day of action in Newport. Two stalls were set up outside a closed bank. We campaigned on the issue of youth unemployment and how young people are ignored by the government.
Many people who came up to us expressed their anger towards the government and described how hard it was for them to get a job. We told them what the YFJ campaign is all about and how the government only seem concerned with bailing out millionaires instead of helping the many young people who find it impossible to get a job.
Cardiff East Socialist Party member
In The Socialist 26 August 2009:
War and occupation
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Socialist Party campaign news
Socialist Party workplace news
Youth fight for jobs
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
Socialist Party news and analysis