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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 August 2004

Know your rights

MILLIONS OF young people are working in low-paid jobs, often with bullying bosses and unsafe working conditions. Young workers are often denied their basic rights in work and many are scared of losing their jobs if they try to argue for better conditions.

Clare James, International Socialist Resistance (ISR) national co-ordinator

This increased exploitation is creating growing frustration and anger among a lot of young workers. Now, more than ever, we need to be organised and fighting together to try and improve working conditions. Young people are the future of the trade union movement, yet a recent TUC survey found that only 11% of workers under 24 belong to a trade union.

ISR believes it is urgent that the trade unions have a mass campaign to recruit more young workers. They should organise them and help build their confidence to take on low-paying, bullying employers to fight for better pay and working conditions.

ISR has recently launched our ‘Low Pay-No Way!’ campaign across England and Wales. Actions have taken place in London, Southampton, Brighton, Sheffield, Nottingham and more, with plans for action over the summer in many other towns and cites such as Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol and Exeter.

We have given out hundreds of ‘Know Your Rights’ cards as well as selling many copies of our ‘Fight for Your Rights at Work’ campaign pack. This has information on what is a trade union, how and why you should join, what is a strike and picket line and advice for organising in your workplace.

Many of the young workers we meet are angry at what they have been putting up with. They are enthused at seeing sections of workers taking action against low pay and worsening conditions, such as in the PCS and by postal workers.

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In The Socialist 21 August 2004:

Warning: Public Sector Under Attack

Action needed across the public sector

New Labour at war with firefighters

The fighting spirit that saved a pit

Know your rights

Europride Manchester: Stop bullying and discrimination


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