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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 September 2021
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- £15-an-hour minimum wage
- Scrap zero-hour contracts
- Trade union rights now
Protest 9 October
Youth Fight Austerity budget day protest 2015, photo Senan (Click to enlarge)
Michael Morgan, Coventry Socialist Party
With attacks on Universal Credit, the rising cost of energy, and the regressive changes to national insurance - a secure job with decent pay has never been more important for young people. As we come out of a pandemic which has seen the proliferation of 'fire and rehire', and as 'key workers' become more and more exploited, many young people feel they don't have a proper future to look forward to.
The so-called 'recovery' from Covid has seen youth unemployment rise, it now stands at 13.1% - higher than it was at this point in 2020. This figure won't include those who are in work and struggling to get the hours they need on zero-hour contracts. With the cost of living increasing, many jobs are not paying enough to get by on. That's why the Socialist Party calls for a £15-an-hour minimum wage, for trade unions to fight against 'fire and rehire' practices, and for benefits that people can survive on.
For young people in particular, the cost of living crisis means many will make it even harder to be able to move out from the family home. It has been reported that the Tories could lower the cap on making repayments for student loans from £27,295 to around £23,000 a year. This is a kick in the teeth for already exploited students, many of whom have to work to fund their studies. The cherry on top of all of this, is that as of 30 September, the government's furlough scheme will end, meaning that many young people will lose their jobs.
It's a desperate time for young people, and it's clear that Keir Starmer's Labour Party is unable to give us the political representation we need to fight the Tories. This is why young members in the Socialist Party will be joining the Youth Fight for Jobs protest on the 9 October. We cannot sit idly by as our futures are wrestled away from us. We will be marching in numerous towns and cities across the country. If you believe in high-quality, secure and well-paying jobs - join us and protest.
- Find details of your local protest, visit: youthfightforjobs.com
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In The Socialist 29 September 2021:
What we think
Starmer consolidates post-Corbyn Blairite transformation of Labour
German election: A change of capitalist government, but disaster for Die Linke
Save our services
End profit-fuelled crisis
NHS workers reject 3% pay insult
Driver shortages - a view from the inside
News in brief
Black history month
Black history month and its relevance today
CWI livestream rally report
NEU deputy general secretary election
Corby and Burton Latimer Weetabix engineers strike
Fightback to save Birmingham GKN jobs!
Flexibility to suit workers not the bosses
College workers walk out in pay dispute
London tenants v greedy contractors
Bromsgrove protest for NHS fair pay
Sabina Nessa vigil: End violence against women
Youth and Students
Join the fight for our future
Sunak's student special
More market chaos: York students given digs in Hull
Lots of sign-ups for Socialist Students at freshers
Youth climate protests are back
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