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23 November 2011

Tragic effect of recession

What a tragic waste of human life this economic crisis is creating! In the Socialist (issue 694), we read about the Warwickshire couple who committed suicide because they didn't have enough to live on...

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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

9 November 2011

Jarrow march ends, fightback continues

On Saturday 5 November the Jarrow March for Jobs came to an end with a demonstration of thousands in central London, writes Ollie Fournier, Cambridge.

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9 November 2011

1935 - when angry Welsh protests forced a government u-turn

On 4 February 1935, Ceridwen Brown of Aberdare led an army of women, some carrying babies, to Merthyr Tydfil Unemployed Assistance Board (UAB) offices, writes Geoff Jones.

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28 October 2011

Madness to close jobcentres says PCS

The Public and Commercial Services union has condemned plans to close 19 jobcentres across the UK as unemployment rises, announced by the Department for Work and Pensions today...

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Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

26 October 2011

10,000 public sector jobs lost in Wales and counting

Over 10,000 public sector jobs have been lost in Wales in the last year according to accountants PwC.

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19 October 2011

Hunger marches - When the unemployed fought back

"Why all this unrest? It seems in the rebound from the anxieties from the war, we are all trying to get something for nothing. We must not ask for the impossible" - Mayoress of Southport, 1922

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13 October 2011

Greenwich Unite criticises privatisation of welfare services

In light of recent figures on unemployment and child poverty, Greenwich Unite has slammed Greenwich council for failing to reconsider the decision to privatise and effectively kill off the Welfare Rights Service

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12 October 2011

Low pay, no way!

The most recent increase in the minimum wage was pitiful in the face of the rocketing cost of living...

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Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

5 October 2011

Danger: young people's futures at risk

As a gesture to battling rising youth unemployment, the previous Labour government launched the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) in 2009...

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28 September 2011

Why are you marching?

Today we are facing the same questions concerning jobs and living standards as they did 75 years ago, writes Dylan Hussey, college student, Hertfordshire.

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28 September 2011

Why are you supporting the march?

Three-quarters of a century on, the young people recreating this famous march are sending an important message that our communities must never again be abandoned to pay for an economic crisis they did not cause, writes Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS civil servants union.

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27 September 2011

MEP to join Jarrow march against unemployment

Paul Murphy (Socialist Party MEP for Dublin) will be joining the Jarrow march for jobs for its final leg going into London at the end of its 330 mile journey from South Tyneside

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21 September 2011

Poplar 1921: 'Better to break the law than break the poor'

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the struggle of councillors in Poplar, east London, against government cuts, writes Pete Dickenson.

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National Shop Stewards Network demonstration and lobby of the TUC 11 September 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

NSSN demo

13 September 2011

We need a programme of action to fight back!

Never before has it been more necessary for the trade unions and labour movement to combat the pessimism and hopelessness which pervades the capitalist media. Peter Taaffe outlines a positive, realistic programme against the abyss of mass unemployment and poverty which the capitalist system threatens.

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7 September 2011

One in a million...fighting back!

I am one in a million, a million unemployed young people in the country at the moment. What does one million mean? A million is not a statistic - it is a million individual tragedies, writes Scott Jones.

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16 August 2011

Birmingham peace rally shows need for jobs and services, not cuts

About 3,000 people came to Summerfield Park in Birmingham on Sunday to honour the memory of the three young men tragically killed in the riots

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Riot police in Hackney, photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

9 August 2011

As inner cities erupt - A mass workers' movement is needed to defeat the government

This morning thousands of people have woken up to the devastation of their communities. It is a tragedy for the small shopkeepers whose businesses have been looted or set alight, workers whose cars have been burnt out, and perhaps worst of all for those who have seen their homes go up in smoke.

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3 August 2011

MARCH FOR JOBS!

Merthyr to Cardiff 4-6 August: Tory work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, singled out Merthyr Tydfil when he implied that the main barrier to jobseekers finding work was their own apathy - 'why don't they just get on a bus to Cardiff?' he asked

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19 July 2011

PCS condemns closure of 20 Jobcentres

The planned closure of 20 jobcentres announced to staff this morning (19th July) by the Department for Work and Pensions is "unthinkable and irresponsible" at a time of high unemployment, says the Public and Commercial Services union...

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13 July 2011

Jobs not Cuts

Con-Dems have no solution to unemployment: Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has the fourth highest level of youth unemployment in Britain with more than a third of 16-24 year olds unable to find work, writes Katie Simpson, Cardiff Youth Fight for Jobs.

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