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28 May 2014

Them & Us

Out of sight: Earlier this year the charity Oxfam reported that a mere five billionaire families owned as much wealth as 20% of the population in Britain

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Youth Fight for Jobs on the march, photo Paul Mattsson

28 May 2014

Unemployment kills

Fight for jobs - fight for a future: The story of Martin Hadfield, who tragically took his own life following months looking for work, is a shocking reminder of the real lives offered so little hope

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30 April 2014

Why I joined the Socialist Party

I grew up in the 1980s under the Thatcher government. I lived on an estate in Rochdale. My parents were unemployed and we were living on benefits so I know first hand what effect the cuts that the present government is making will have

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26 March 2014

Jobmatch: yet another fiasco of privatisation

In the two years since its introduction, the Universal Jobmatch website has been riddled with problems

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22 January 2014

Capitalism is a system in crisis

This is the case for socialism: We say there is an alternative to endless misery. Today, more than ever before in human history, enormous wealth, science and technique exists which could, if properly harnessed, easily provide all of humanity

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Tale of Two Cities - Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012 , photo senan

Tale of Two Cities - Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012 , photo senan

27 November 2013

No recovery for Britain's young people

The supporters of capitalism might be calling the feeble growth in the economy a "recovery" but Britain's young people are still left reeling

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Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

30 October 2013

Zero-hour contracts can be beaten!

The CBI, the organisation representing Britain's bosses, touts zero-hour contracts as the solution to the youth unemployment crisis

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28 August 2013

Nothing new at Sports Direct

As a former employee of Sports Soccer which was the predecessor of Sports Direct it came as little surprise to me to learn that this company is one of the worst culprits for using zero-hour contracts, writes an ex-Sports Soccer worker.

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14 August 2013

End zero-hour contracts now!

At Sports Direct, Boots, Buckingham Palace, Wetherspoons, even for the government, zero-hour contracts are becoming widely used, writes Helen Pattison, London Socialist Party.

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Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

5 June 2013

Mass joblessness wrecks lives! Youth must fight for a future

In Sweden, where youth unemployment is 24%, riots have struck the capital Stockholm. Rage has exploded onto the streets following police repression and racism and decades of neoliberal attacks and privatisation

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 Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

22 May 2013

Cuts kill: Con-Dem benefit 'reforms', mental health and suicide

Steven Bottrill, whose disabled mum Stephanie killed herself because of the bedroom tax, said: "Hopefully now someone will listen. Someone will realise what has gone on and change things"

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15 May 2013

Give us jobs, not Tory lies

We've been hearing this rubbish for years - British workers are lazy - and now Eton-educated Tory London mayor Boris 'the bankers' friend' Johnson has stepped in, accusing British workers of sloth

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17 April 2013

Thatcher... and us

Unemployment: We're told that Thatcher 'saved the country'. But unemployment skyrocketed under her governments - from 1.09 million in May 1979 to 3.13 million in July 1986. And these figures were probably an underestimate...

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27 March 2013

The 'workfare bill' and sanctions targets

Con-Dems have no solutions to unemployment: On budget day, the latest unemployment figures were published and showed yet another increase in the number of people out of work, writes Dan Crowter, Coventry Socialist Party.

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20 February 2013

Getting organised can change things for low-paid workers

After months of illegal shift patterns and being expected to work without breaks under a bullying management at my workplace (as previously reported in the Socialist), things are looking up, writes Hannah Parker.

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20 October 2012 TUC demo against austerity, photo Paul Mattsson

1 January 2013

2013: Prepare for a mighty battle against deeper cuts

The coming year, like 2012, will be one of intense working class struggles, writes Peter Taaffe

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12 December 2012

Them & Us

United Socialists of America: A recent poll by Gallup in the US has shown that 39% of Americans now view socialism positively.

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26 September 2012

Opencast mining: "Protect us from Provectus"

"Protect us from Provectus!" chanted a 200-strong march in North Derbyshire on Saturday 22 September...

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12 September 2012

Global youth unemployment rises

Since the end of the Youth Fight for Jobs 2011 Jarrow March, youth unemployment figures have continued to rise internationally, currently standing at 13% overall; the highest rate in Europe is Spain at 52%, writes Lizi Gray, 2011 Jarrow marcher.

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8 August 2012

End the insane cycle of youth joblessness

In a dazzling display of talent a new generation of Olympians is breaking records. By brutal contrast, 75 million 16 - 24 year olds globally have been thrown on the scrapheap of unemployment

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