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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 July 2021
Jobs and homes for all
Protest on 9 October
Youth fight for jobs on the Jarrow March in 2011 (Click to enlarge)
Charlie Wells, Swansea Socialist Party
Youth Fight for Jobs is back. We have been on the streets campaigning for the right to a decently paid job for young people.
But the issue of housing is also crucial. Our housing demands - for rent control and council homes - fit alongside our demands for better jobs and equal rates of pay.
House prices leave young people in a position where we are forced to rent. That comes with its own problems, such as unscrupulous landlords breaking and bending housing laws in order to extract as much profit as possible.
The housing needs of young people have been systematically forgotten and ignored by successive governments in Westminster as well as by devolved powers like in Wales. Our needs are not complex - all we want is good-quality, affordable housing.
Implementing demands such as rent control and harsher penalties for greedy landlords is not difficult. However, the Tories would rather keep the £11 million donated to them by various representatives of the property and rental market than fix very apparent issues.
The Tories attitude is best illustrated by their own housing secretary, Robert Jenrick. Jenrick helped a billionaire Tory donor dodge tax and avoid already measly affordable housing requirements by approving a £1 billion luxury development.
The government is clearly on the side of big business landlords, not young and vulnerable people. That's why Youth Fight for Jobs is organising youth marches across the country on 9 October.
If you want to help out, you can find campaign ideas here: 'Youth Fight for Jobs is back' at socialistparty.org.uk. Or get involved by contacting us via:
- Instagram: @yffjobs
- Facebook: 'Youth Fight for Jobs'
- Email: [email protected]
- Or youthfightforjobs.com
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In The Socialist 28 July 2021:
Labour expulsions confirm need for new mass workers' party
Tories and Labour fail on child poverty
Nationality and borders bill
London floods: Privatisation and heavy rain are a dangerous mix
Jobs and homes for all
Cuban protests - what do they represent?
Flood devastation in Europe
Israel: Hospital ancillary workers' strike suspended
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Unite to fight Tory pay insults
New left NEC meets - Organise the fight back now
Government departments move to impose pay cuts
Further education set for industrial action over pay
Sheffield Uni UCU fights archaeological dept closure
Bexley bin workers strike for better pay
Fight Freeports to stop bonfire of workers' rights
Thousands march to Reclaim Pride
Tower Hamlets Labour backs Tory cuts
East London resident fighting eviction again
Barnsley 'Big Green Space' protest
Youth Fight for Jobs is officially relaunched
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Scottish socialist breaks running record
TV Review: Stateless blames mismanagement rather than system
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