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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2020

Fight for your future at the online rally

London protest organised by Young Socialists against the A-levels fiasco 15 August 2020, photo Mark Best

London protest organised by Young Socialists against the A-levels fiasco 15 August 2020, photo Mark Best   (Click to enlarge)

Youth unemployment has reached 13%. On 25 October, students and young workers will be come together from across the country in an online rally hosted by Young Socialists and Socialist Students to discuss how to fight back.

Alex Hutchinson, youth officer of Hull Trades Union Council, said: "Young Socialists warned the bosses and Tories about making young people pay the price for the new economic crisis. The government's Kickstart Scheme, supposedly designed to help young workers find work, is there to give big business a source of cheap labour.

"Just like after the last financial crash, they're selling our futures down the river. Young Socialists campaigns for trade union action to fight for a decent future for young people - real apprenticeship and training schemes, and a mass programme of government investment in socially useful job creation."

Michelle Francis, Bangor Socialist Students, said: "The approaching avalanche of job losses will be felt by students. Many rely on part-time work to supplement the pathetic student loans we receive.

"The fiasco of the rushed return to campus has highlighted years of cuts and underfunding of education, jeopardising our health. Socialist Students is out campaigning to scrap tuition fees and for democratic staff and student oversight of health and safety measures on campus."

Young Socialists, set up by the Socialist Party, involves young people who have protested with Black Lives Matter, defended the policies promised by Jeremy Corbyn against the Tories and Labour's right wing. We are now gearing up to fight for our futures - real jobs, education and training.

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In The Socialist 21 October 2020:


Lockdown

Health before profit - Work or full pay

Wales 'firebreak' lockdown fails to protect workers

Liverpool lockdown: suspicion and anger

Newcastle lockdown: stress and breakdowns

Leicester lockdown: disillusionment and anger


Unison

Why the Socialist Party is backing Hugo Pierre for Unison general secretary


International

Nigeria protests: 'This movement needs to fight the whole rotten capitalist system'

Horrific murder in Paris: fight intolerance and racism!

South Africa: Mass day of action for permanent jobs and a living wage


News

Tories reduce winter homeless funding: reverse the cuts,use the empty homes!

World capitalism's terrified strategists abandon austerity - for now


Coronavirus

Test and Trace U-turn on stopping local case reporting

Oxbridge gets private Covid tests: pool resources to test us all!

Millennials disillusioned with 'democracy'

Under the microscope


Workplace

RMT: Programme to fight redundancies and cuts

Action on Covid transmission in schools now

FCC dismiss Unison activist Tony Smith

Optare workers strike over pay broken 'promise'

Solidarity with Deliveroo Couriers in York


Campaigns

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Students: Give us our money back

Fight for your future at the online rally

Southampton: Coxford community condemns racist attack

Socialism 2020: Will you help our finance appeal?

Selling the Socialist: increase in NHS anger

Truth about Zane: Cover-up Tories crack

Kent: Chaotic privatised asylum process

Teignmouth hospital closure threat ... again!


Readers' opinion

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Beware the billionaires bearing gifts

Disabled students let down by "rotten education system"

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