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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 October 2021

Fighting for our future

Young Socialists on the march 26 June 2021

Young Socialists on the march 26 June 2021   (Click to enlarge)

Damian Cosgrove, Youth Fight for Jobs East Midlands

During the pandemic, nearly two-thirds of job losses hit young workers. While some misleadingly claim the 'post-Covid recovery' is reversing this, the sad truth is that, with the end of furlough and the decline in seasonal work, the job market is looking increasingly grim for young workers.

Contrary to the propaganda of the right-wing press, my generation is not one of 'work-shyness'. In my experience the opposite is true; there have been times when I have spent hours applying endlessly for work, only to end up in another insecure job with little scope for permanent employment, let alone progression.

We are a generation hit with huge levels of student debt, the highest rent costs in history, a tragically low minimum wage, a borderline-criminal apprentice wage, and a work pattern that is so chaotic that it is no surprise that a recent study found nearly half of all workers are close to burnout.

My experience of insecure service jobs has motivated me to get involved in the relaunch of the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign. Often the conversations around job creation consist of some establishment figures discussing which of our few workers' rights can be thrown out of the window to encourage some corporation to give out a few zero-hour contract jobs. We think it's about time job creation became something to empower people rather than exploit people. To put it simply, the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign is about the right to dignified work.

Dignified work means an end to poverty wages and dodgy contracts, the creation of real apprenticeships with guaranteed work for anyone who wants it, and the opportunity to have a meaningful voice in the workplace.

In many workplaces, workers' rights are treated as optional and are constantly undermined. That is why we need to get organised in the trade unions to fight back and stand up to the bosses. This is why Youth Fight for Jobs links young workers with the existing trade unions - to fight for decent jobs for a new generation of workers.

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In The Socialist 5 October 2021:


What we think

Bakers' union disaffiliates from Labour


News

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Tories plunge millions further into poverty with Universal Credit cut

Capitalist climate hypocrisy

Railway bosses cook the books in another capitalist market failure

Glasgow's equal pay battle set to re-erupt

Pay NHS and care staff to address worker shortages


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Coordinated FE strike against measly pay offer

Unison LG members reject insulting pay offer

Unite health members say no to 3% and vote for action

Tesco warehouse rep fighting for reinstatement

Scunthorpe steel scaffolders strike for pay rise

Brighton waste workers walk out


Economy

Capitalism's economic instability in the 'new normal'


Youth Fight for Jobs

Fighting for our future

Youth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October

Ten years since our 330-mile Jarrow March for Jobs


Campaigns news

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We have the right to breathe fresh air

Nottingham: Punish Labour for cruel cuts

London protest for Texas abortion rights

North West socialists join march against Tory conference

Fighting Fund target smashed - 31,703 raised


Obituary

Obituary - Dave Hardaker, 1952-2021


Review

Caffeine and capitalism - a symbiotic relationship


 

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