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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 June 2010

Youth Fight for Jobs: More trade unions add their support

Both the UCU lecturers' union and Unite, Britain's biggest trade union, unanimously agreed to back the Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaign at their annual conferences.

Ben Robinson, YFJ national chair

Tens of thousands of young people will be excluded from university because of cuts in the increase in the number of student places made by New Labour and continued by the Con-Dem coalition. Thousands of departments, courses, resources and jobs across the country are under threat.

The higher education funding review will undoubtedly call for higher fees. YFJ aims to use the links with UCU and Unite, which also has members in the education sector, to build campaigns against attacks on young people's future.

Unite commended YFJ for its march through Barking, which demanded jobs, homes and services, not the racism of the British National Party.

The on-going struggle of BA cabin crew in Unite provides an example of the determination that will be needed, a struggle that YFJ fully backs.

The CWU, PCS, Bectu and RMT unions also back YFJ.


Unite passed this composite motion:

Composite 7 (including Motions 40 & 41)

2. The Economy
(xii) Youth Fight for Jobs

This Conference notes the high leveis of youth unemployment in the present recession with over 1 million unemployed young people aged 16-24.

There is a real danger that this generation could become a lost generation with poor access to skills and training or even a recruiting ground for far right and anti-trade union parties and groups.

This Conference commends the 'Youth Fight for Jobs' campaign for seeking to organise amongst youth on a socialist and trade union platform including by organising a march through Barking, East London, on the slogan 'Jobs and Homes, Not Racism.'

This Conference therefore calls for Unite branches, Area Activist Committees, Regional Industrial Sector Committees and Regional Committees to support Youth Fight for Jobs where they can and support their work of steering working class youth towards a positive campaign for a better future.

This conference supports the aims and objectives of Youth Fight for Jobs, which are:

This conference notes that:

This conference believes

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