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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 September 2020

12 September: Youth day of action

No Covid penalty on our future

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Theo Sharieff, Socialist Party national youth organiser

Young people are being asked to pay a Covid penalty on our futures. And the steepest collapse in income.

We're more likely to be concentrated in the service sector, hit incredibly hard by lockdown. A pitiful number of apprenticeships - 1,850 in May - are available. Not to mention the crisis in further and higher education.

Youth unemployment is expected to skyrocket to over one million by the end of this year. That's why Young Socialists and Youth Fight for Jobs will be out once again, up and down the country, on Saturday 12 September, ahead of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on 14-15 September, campaigning for trade union action to fight for our futures.

We'll be collecting signatures to an open letter demanding that the TUC calls a 'council of war' - to discuss how unions can launch a campaign to defend jobs, fight for mass government investment in socially useful jobs and guarantee real training and apprenticeships for the skills young people need.

We'll also be writing to trade union councils, that coordinate local unions, and individual branches themselves, asking for their support. They should come out campaigning with us on September 12. We're hoping to meet union youth officers too to discuss the campaign.

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In The Socialist 1 September 2020:


News

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Eviction ban extension not enough: make it longer, forgive the arrears!

Don't blame asylum seekers for Tory cuts

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Disability and Covid

Capitalism cause of disproportionate disabled deaths and isolation


No going back series

Welfare after Covid-19


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Demand a fightback from the TUC and unions

Tate strike: "Coronavirus - no reason to fire us!"

B&Q worker reinstated: Organised response successfully challenges unfair dismissal

West Midlands journalists strike against pay and job cuts

Support Ikea workers - reinstate Richie Venton

London bus drivers poised for strike action


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International

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Mass protests in Israel demand Netanyahu's resignation

Trotsky online rally - watched across the world


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Black Lives Matter: Fighting injustice, fighting for our rights

Nottingham: Socialists and anti-racists oppose right-wing march

No to polluting incinerator, dumped in working-class Edmonton

Scrap hospital parking charges

Liverpool: Support 15% pay rise for NHS

Lincoln: Save Drill Hall

Fundraising: An example to follow


Reviews

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Manctopia: billion pound property boom


 

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