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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 September 2016
"Suspended adulthood" the norm for young people
Youth fight austerity! (Click to enlarge)
A damning study by the Young Women's Trust has found that 18 to 30 year olds are living in a "suspended adulthood" due to a combination of lack of work and low pay.
For many young people this won't come as a surprise when faced with the harsh realities of zero-hour contracts and the growing 'gig economy'. On top of this, with rising tuition fees many are left with crippling debts reaching up to £50,000 by the time they reach 21.
Is it any wonder then, that worries about the future and a feeling of being worn down were the most prevalent themes reported throughout the study?
43% of 18 to 30 year olds surveyed reported that they were still living at home. So, not only will this generation face living conditions worse than those of their parents, but many are being forced to move back in with their parents due to a lack of job prospects and financial insecurity.
The Tories have committed to a national 'living wage' of £9 an hour by 2020. This increase doesn't even apply to those under the age of 25. 18 to 20 year olds currently have to scrape by on £5.30 an hour.
The Trade Union Congress has argued that £10 an hour would be necessary for a genuine living wage - in 2016.
We need serious investment in our future if millennials are not to be written off as a lost generation. As the fifth richest economy it is not unreasonable to demand that we invest in our future.
The Socialist Party stands for:
- An immediate increase in the minimum wage to £10 an hour with no youth exemptions
- An end to zero-hour contracts - secure contracts with guaranteed hours. Flexibility for workers, not the bosses!
- Free education and maintenance grants to cover the cost of living while studying
- Investment in public services and infrastructure to create decent jobs for all
- A massive programme of council house building and rent control to make homes genuinely affordable
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 28 September 2016:
Consolidate the Corbyn victory
Labour Party conference: campaigning to reinstate socialist ideas
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
#CorbynWins: New tasks for TUSC
Socialist Party news and analysis
Theresa May attacks migrants and refugees
One million victims of 'rogue' landlords
£46m spent on suspending public sector workers
Students late and hungry due to privatised trains
Socialist speaks at UN
What We Saw
Them & Us
Socialist Party youth and students
"Suspended adulthood" the norm for young people
Socialist Students launched in USA
Knowsley: No A-level education on offer
Setting out our stall... reports of campus campaigning
Battle of Cable Street
Cable Street: When workers united and fought the fascist threat at Cable Street
Black History Month
Black history month and its relevance today
Socialist Party workplace news
The guard stays on the train after the RMT defeats ScotRail bosses
Junior doctors' strikes off - coordinated action needed
Victory for firefighters facing dismissal in Manchester
The Ritzy strikes back
Napo conference 2016: Bloodied but unbowed!
Unison Broad Left meeting
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Newcastle: Socialist Party defies ban to counter the far-right
Socialism 2016: Get face to face with the socialists!
NHS heart centre campaign intensifies
Washdyke v Shoreline: the housing battle in Immingham
Pedal power pounds
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