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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2020

Jobs, training, pay, we want a future!

Young Socialists day of action - 12 September

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Jeremy Davidson, Hull Socialist Party

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on global capitalism and exposed the flaws of the system.

In Britain, the already struggling economy has now entered recession, with a sharp rise in unemployment and economic downturn hitting the poorest. Mass job losses are taking place, and will be spurred on when the furlough scheme ends in October.

Some of the worst affected sectors are service, retail, and hospitality, where the workforce is dominated by young people. Unemployment among 18-24 year olds could hit one million by the end of the year.

Following a decade of brutal austerity cuts - attacks on further education, a dwindling number of decent apprenticeships, lack of job security, and the rise of precarious employment - this crisis is a further blow to young people's futures.

The largest 100 companies in Britain have doubled their wealth in ten years. Now, the greedy fat cats are trying to protect their vast profits by making young, working-class people pay for this crisis. We need to fight back.

Young Socialists and Youth Fight for Jobs are campaigning for the Trade Union Congress (TUC) - representing six million workers - to set up an emergency 'council of war' to plan how the unions can campaign to defend jobs.

The TUC should demand the government invest to create socially useful jobs on wages we can live on, and guarantee real training and apprenticeships for the skills young workers need, with a job at the end. Those schemes should be democratically controlled by the trade unions.

Young people have already taken action to fight injustice and demand a better future. The inspirational Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestsers, which challenged systemic racism, were mainly youth. School and college students won an impressive victory, forcing the Tory government into a U-turn on exam results.

If the unions took a central role in fighting for young people's futures, the militancy and determination of youth combined with the power of trade union organisation could succeed.

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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 9 September 2020:


Coronavirus news

Fight the schools Covid crisis

Safety overridden in drive to bolster the economy

Caerphilly lockdown puts profits before safety

Under the microscope


Campaigns and party news

Jobs, training, pay, we want a future!

Dover: Solidarity with refugees - applause and cheers for socialist ideas to unite working class

BLM: Socialist alternative to racist capitalism

Big push to hit finance target


News

15% now - unions must fight for NHS pay rise

Callous Tories threaten not to uprate the minimum wage

XR blockade: Don't let the Tories criminalise protest

Grenfell fire inquiry stops victims attending

Video game developer attacks Black Lives Matter


What we think

U-turn Tories' splits are growing


Workplace news

Fight Amazon's anti-union spies

NSSN rally: Workers must not pay the price of Covid

Nottingham City Council: The (mis)adventures of Robin Hood Energy

Covid-19 pandemic increases financial pressures on Welsh local government

Ireland: Debenham's workers occupy stores

Hull: Defend Tony Smith!

Reinstate Richie Venton


Unison

A critical election for Unison general secretary


TUSC

Back at work! TUSC to stand in elections again against pro-austerity politicians


International news

Belarus: Mass opposition continues to defy repression by Lukashenko's regime

Strike wave marks new stage in revival of Iranian workers' movement


 

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